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Guidance on Assessing the Risk Posed by Land Contamination and its Remediation on Archaeological Resource Management

Contaminated land and archaeology

This document was produced for English Heritage and the Environment Agency to provide guidance for regulators and others on assessing the risk posed by land contamination to archaeological resource management. The guidance raises awareness of the need for those involved in the assessment and management of land contamination to consider archaeological resources, and also archaeologists to be aware of the issues of land contamination.

Although some remedial actions involve excavation and removal of contaminated material, in other circumstances, containment orin situ remediation can ensure the preservation of archaeological sites.

This advice note is currently being revised and will be re-issued in 2016. Until then, the approaches and general content of the original document are still exceptionally useful which is why it has been retained and is available on this page.

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  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed


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