Building the Future, Transforming our Past

Celebrating development-led archaeology in England, 1990-2015

Twenty-five years of 'development-led archaeology' - archaeology which takes place ahead of new developments - have transformed our views of England's past. The country seems to have been much more populous, and its people more mobile and more sophisticated, than was previously thought.

We have produced this publication to mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of 'PPG 16' (Planning Policy Guidance Note 16, on 'Archaeology and Planning'). PPG 16 (now part of the national Planning Policy framework, NPPF) integrated archaeology into the planning process and made developers responsible for dealing with the archaeological effects of their schemes.

This publication highlights some of the most interesting archaeological discoveries and changes in understanding of the past which have resulted from this policy. It also shows how this work produces a range of public benefits, including contributing to the identity of new communities.


  • Foreword
  • 25 Years of Archaeology and Development
  • 1954 to 1989: Crises and Destruction
  • 1990 to 2015: Archaeology and Development
  • A More Populous Country
  • More Mobile Societies
  • More Sophisticated
  • Telling a Long Story
  • Building the Future, Transforming our Past
  • Where to Get Advice
  • Acknowledgements

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 52022


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