Mineral Extraction and Archaeology

Historic England Advice Note 13

This Historic England Advice Note is written for use by all those involved in mineral planning and it provides advice for making decisions about archaeology as part of mineral development within the English planning process.

Section 1 of the advice note introduces the advice note’s aims, coverage and underlying principles and outlines issues in planmaking and the economics of minerals extraction. Section 2 explores archaeological significance within a mineral site. Sections 3 and 4 respectively offer advice on key considerations before and after a planning determination is made.

The advice note has been developed through discussions and consultation between all key stakeholders in the Minerals and Historic Environment Forum (MHEF), though the final version has been prepared by Historic England. MHEF produced a Practice Guide in 2008 and this document, published by Historic England, updates and replaces the previous version, 'Minerals Extraction and Archaeology: A Practice Guide'. The document and its effectiveness will be subject to periodic review.


  • Introduction
  • Mineral sites and archaeological significance
  • From pre-application to determination
  • Post-determination and operational phases
  • References and further reading

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 54
  • Product Code: HEAG278


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