Science for Historic Industries

Guidelines for the investigation of 17th- to 19th-century industries

These guidelines are intended to aid archaeologists working on sites of historic industries. They provide examples of recent archaeological investigations, which illustrate current practice and show how methodologies from several different disciplines are being combined to enrich our understanding of the industrial past.

This document is a response to the increasing pace of redevelopment of urban industrial ('brownfield') sites in recent years. The archaeological recording of such sites is now, however, increasingly accommodated through the planning process owing to a greater awareness of the importance of Britain's industrial heritage.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Fieldwork and sampling for historic industries
  • Scientific analysis
  • Historic archives
  • Summaries of selected industries
  • Where to get information and help
  • References

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51262
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