Archaeology in the PPG16 Era

Archaeology in the PPG16 Era : Investigations in England 1990-2010

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The Archaeological Investigations Project (AIP), funded by English Heritage, systematically collected information about the nature and outcomes of more than 80,000 archaeological projects undertaken between 1990 and 2010. This volume looks at the long-term trends in archaeological investigation and reporting, places this work within wider social, political, and professional contexts, and reviews its achievements. Information was collected through visits to public and private organizations undertaking archaeological work.

Planning Policy Guidance Note 16: Archaeology and Planning (known as PPG16), published in 1990, saw the formal integration of archaeological considerations with the UK town and country planning system. It set out processes for informed decision-making and the implementation of post-determination mitigation strategies, defining a formative era in archaeological practice and establishing principles that underpin today's planning policy framework. The scale of activity represented - more 1000 excavations per year for most of the PPG16 Era - is more than double the level of work undertaken at peak periods during the previous three decades.

This comprehensive review of the project presents a wealth of data. A series of case studies illustrate different types of development project, revealing many ways in which projects develop, how archaeology is integrated with planning and execution, and the range of outputs documenting the process. It then identifies a series of ten important lessons that can be learned from these investigations. Looking into the post-PPG16 Era, the volume considers anticipated developments in the changing worlds of planning, property development, and archaeological practice and proposes the monitoring of archaeological investigations in England using a two-pronged approach that involves self-reporting and periodic strategic overviews.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 220 x 280 x 22.86mm | 1,270.06g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b/w and colour
  • 1789251087
  • 9781789251081

Table of contents

Preface and acknowledgements
List of figures
List of tables
Abbreviations and acronyms
1. Introduction: The PPG16 Era
2. Trends in archaeological investigation 1990-2010
3. Investigations for strategic planning and development control
4. Archaeology in environmental assessment
5. Post-determination planning-related investigations
6. Non planning-related investigations
7. Investigations in protected places
8. Reporting, publication, and bibliometrics
9. Adding value and impact: Case studies of archaeological endeavour
10. Beyond PPG16: Towards 2020
Appendix A. Archaeological investigations
Appendix B. Sources consulted
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Review quote

In a truly heroic tabulation of fieldwork, the book uses tables and around 350 charts to show how the character of investigations has changed from one year to the next. * British Archaeology * Congratulations are due to Darvill and the team of authors, as well as the huge number of people who have assisted and contributed to this volume. It is a worthy achievement and, regarding the UK, provides a very useful insight into the archaeological profession, its practice and development and where we are heading over the next few years. * Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites *
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About Timothy Darvill

Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology at Bournemouth University. His research interests focuses on two main themes. The first is the Neolithic of northwest Europe, in particular the early development, use, and meaning of monumental architecture with fieldwork in Germany, Russia, Greece, Malta, England, Wales, and the Isle of Man. Second is archaeological resource management, especially the role of the tangible and intangible heritage as sources of social capital, cultural enrichment, personal well-being, and the social construction of knowledge. Ehren Milner is a database manager in the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology at Bournemouth University working principally on the Archaeological Investigations Project Bronwen Russell is a researcher in the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology at Bournemouth University at Bournemouth working principally on the Archaeological Investigations Project
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