Pile Impacts on Archaeology – Literature Review

Author(s): Glyn Davies

Since the advent of the Valetta Convention (European Union 1992) there has been an increasing interest among archaeological and heritage professionals in understanding and assessing the impacts of construction techniques on buried archaeological deposits, structures and artefacts. The implementation of the convention has led to differing approaches across Europe, as outlined by Willems (2008), but throughout, concern has been centred on the development of strategies for preserving archaeological remains in situ. Of particular concern has been the impact of piling on buried archaeological remains, deposits and structures during development. In developing preservation strategies, there has been a growing recognition among archaeologists that our understanding of the short- and long-term impacts of piling on buried remains is patchy, at best. This has led to a number of studies and conferences over recent years, aimed at gaining a greater understanding of the impacts of engineering, and piling in particular, on buried archaeological remains. The Preserving Archaeological Remains In Situ (PARIS) conferences have had a major impact in developing the study of preservation in situ and disseminating knowledge (Corfield et al 1998; Nixon 2004; Kars and van Heeringen 2008; and Gregory and Matthiesen 2012).

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Research Report


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