Archaeological Solutions

Desk-based Assessments and documentary research projects

The Icknield Way, a long distance prehistoric track. Archaeological desk-based assessments use documentary evidence, records, cartographic sources and photographs to ascertain the potential of a site to contain archaeologyThe Icknield Way, a long distance prehistoric track. Archaeological desk-based assessments use documentary evidence, records, cartographic sources and photographs to ascertain the potential of a site to contain archaeology

The first step in assessing the likely archaeological and historical implications of your planning application generally takes the form of desk-based research. Such archaeological assessments, carried out early in your planning application process, can reduce expensive delays caused by unexpected discoveries on site.

When you commission a desk-based assessment from AS you will receive a comprehensive report containing; a break down of the known archaeology in the vicinity of your site; an assessment of previous land use, compiled from an analysis of historical maps and aerial photographs; a listing of the heritage-related planning constraints that may effect your site; a ranking of the potential for archaeology of each of the archaeological periods to be found within your site; and, an analysis of previous ground disturbance at your site.

We also carry out other forms of desk-based research that you may require to support your planning application. We can undertake documentary research to help establish the history of ownership or usage of a building or plot of land.