Archaeology Desk Based Assessment
What is an Archaeology Desk-Based Assessment?
An Archaeology Desk Based Assessment (DBA) from AB Heritage is the key tool in archaeological assessment as part of a planning application, providing greater understanding of the known and potential archaeological resource within and in close proximity to a site.
These professional, non-biased reports provide a full Heritage Impact Assessment that identifies the potential risk to a project because of archaeology being present, creating a bespoke set of recommendations.
What does an Archaeology Desk-Based Assessment include?
Produced by collecting data from a wide range of sources, a DBA includes information from:
- historic documents – such as photos, maps, insurance records, diaries, articles and government documents – held by Record Offices, Archives and Online Sources
- Historic Environment Records
- Previous Geotechnical Investigation works
- A site visit
- Previous archaeological reports and journals
- Aerial photographs and LiDAR images held by various national repositories an
- Consultation with the Local Planning Authority Archaeologist and national heritage agencies.
This data is fully assessed and provided within a professional report, which is fully compliant with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Standards and Guidance.
When is an Archaeology Desk-Based Assessment needed?
An Archaeology DBA is often requested where an understanding of the below ground archaeology resource is required as part of a planning application. This can be due to a request from the local planning authority, who require more information to inform their decision-making process, or as part of much larger works such Environmental Impact Assessment.
An archaeological assessment from AB Heritage in the form of a DBA helps clients successfully navigate the planning system in a way that balances the needs of development and the Historic Environment.
“Efficient service and kept up to date on progress throughout the project”
Dan Green, Summers-Inman