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Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service

This section outlines who GLAAS are, and what we do.

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Central London

What is the Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service?

The Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service (GLAAS) is part of Historic England's (formerly English Heritage) London Local Office. Working with a number of partners, developers, archaeologists, and London boroughs, we promote understanding and enjoyment of our archaeological heritage through its protection, management and interpretation. You can follow us on Twitter @GlaasLdn.

What is the role of the Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service?

We provide advice for the whole of Greater London, with the exception of the City of London, and the London Borough of Southwark who have their own archaeological planning advisers.

High standards and up-to-date professional methods are vital for understanding the significance of any heritage assets affected by development schemes.This understanding is a requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework  (NPPF)

GLAAS have produced a number of Standards and Guidance Papers that set out standards for archaeological work across Greater London.

For a copy of our GLAAS guidance please see Publications and Guidance.

GLAAS also maintains the Greater London Historic Environment Record (GLHER), the only HER managed by Historic England, which contains the core data upon which GLAAS advice is based.

An archaeological audit and resource assessment of historic burial grounds in London

Historic burial grounds (dated 1066 - 1900) of archaeological interest are sometimes present on proposed development sites and can represent a significant constraint. This report commissioned by GLAAS from Allen Archaeology is intended to help assess their archaeological interest. For a copy of this report and supporting information please see Publications and Guidance.

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