Archaeology in the PPG16 Era: Investigations in England 1990–2010 [eBook (PDF)]

Timothy Darvill(Editor); Kerry Barrass(Editor); Vanessa Constant(Editor); Ehren Milner(Editor); Bronwen Russell(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789255522 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2018 | 350p, b/w and color

Archaeology in the PPG16 Era



The Archaeological Investigations Project (AIP), funded by English Heritage, systematically collected information about the nature and outcomes of more than 86,000 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 that, and set out processes for informed decision-making and the implementation of post-determination mitigation strategies, defined a formative era in archaeological practice and established 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 examines the 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, and identified 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.

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

Reviews & Quotes

""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

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