Introductions to Heritage Assets (Archaeology)
Here you can find our Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) for archaeology, which are accessible, authoritative, well-illustrated summaries of what we know about specific classes of sites or monuments.
While there is no aspiration to have an entirely comprehensive series covering all types of sites from early prehistory to present, the 41 IHAs completed to date do include the majority of the main groups of heritage asset from early prehistory to the end of the Middle Ages.
More will be added as time goes on, especially when new research alters accepted understanding.
What IHAs cover
IHAs share a common approach, headings and format.
A short Introduction defines the asset type, notes any alternative names by which the site or monument-type is known, gives the broad date range, and discusses the distribution and number of known examples.
Next comes a Description, or Historical background, which considers in greater detail the sites’ locations in the landscape, their form and plan, and how it is thought they functioned.
With more complex asset types there may be a separate section on Chronology, tracing their development through time, followed by a discussion of the Development of the monument type as revealed by investigation - what has been revealed by archaeology or survey work of all sorts.
In each case a narrative guide to Further Reading is supplied, which signposts key works, especially those of an accessible character.
On 1 April 2015 the part of English Heritage represented on this website changed its name to Historic England. You may notice that some of our content still refers to English Heritage. We are in the process of rebranding, but in the meantime please be assured that all our content and guidance is still current.
Also of interest...
Scheduling is shorthand for the process through which nationally important sites and monuments are given legal protection.
Find out what we consider when recommending a building or site for listing.
Guidance on the criteria for listing.
Read our Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) for buildings.
Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) for Ships and Boats