Reconstruction drawing of medieval tannery

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Reconstruction of late medieval life on the urban fringe by Judith Dobie © Historic England

Environmental Archaeology

Environmental archaeology uses techniques from biology and geology to study people’s relationship with their environment in the past. The subject covers how people obtained their food and other necessities as well as the development of agriculture and industry and the impact this had on our environment.  

Historic England environmental archaeologists provide advice  and support to the sector.  We conduct and fund research in archaeobotany, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, palaeoecology and human remains  and aim to increase public engagement in environmental archaeology and heritage science.

We have recently carried out a pilot project to test whether deposits likely to contain well preserved organic material are present at moated sites.

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