Desk-Top Assessment

Archaeological Desk Top Assessment

A desk top assessment is prepared by an archaeological consultant on behalf of a developer as part of the planning process to determine the likelihood that any remains of archaeological significance exist within a given area, or to assess the historical or archaeological significance of remains already known to be there.
A desk based cultural heritage assessment for a proposed development incorporates an audit of both discrete and more extensive historical landscape components and presents a synthesis of the overall chronology of the defined area. The assessment identifies cultural heritage constraints within the area of the proposed development and makes recommendations regarding the work required to mitigate the scheme's impact.

The report collates evidence from a wide range of sources, including historic maps, secondary historical works, excavation reports, site visits and the local Heritage Environment Record (HER). The research provides contextual information regarding the archaeological and historical development of an area, it identifies where investigative evaluation or recording work may be necessary in order to clarify areas of uncertainty regarding the nature and significance of the archaeology of the site, and makes recommendations regarding the work required to progress the scheme.

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Desk top map

Typical map from a desk top assessment

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