Lesnes Abbey ruins from the air
Lesnes Abbey ruins from the air
Lesnes Abbey ruins from the air

Publications and Guidance

This section contains links to documents that have been produced by the Greater London Archaeological Advisor Service (GLAAS).

Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service: Standards for Archaeological Work

These technical guidelines have been prepared for the use of professional archaeologists undertaking archaeological projects in connection with development, but will also be of use to academics, and local groups undertaking archaeological projects in London.

Find out about the GLAAS Standards and Guidance.

The Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service Charter

This Charter sets out how Historic England will operate the Historic Environment Record and provide archaeological advice in Greater London in accordance with government policy.

Find out about the GLAAS Charter.

Archaeological Priority Areas

Archaeological Priority Areas are areas where there is significant known archaeological interest or potential for new discoveries. GLAAS has drawn-up new guidance on how we define our APAs.

Find out more about Archaeological Priority Areas.

Battersea Channel Nine Elms project

The current developments in the Nine Elms area has given us an unparalleled opportunity to look at a large area of the relic Battersea Channel landscape. This four year project will bring together the evidence uncovered by the individual archaeological projects within this area.

Find out more about the Battersea Channel Nine Elms Project.

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.

Find out more about the Historic Burial Grounds project:

Draft Agenda for the Archaeological Study of Historic Burials in London

This document sets out draft research questions for the study of human remains and burial grounds in London. We hope it will also be of interest to researchers operating outside the capital.

Woodland archaeology in London

Woods are an important part of the landscape of the London region with many cultural associations in addition to their importance for nature. They cover about 4.5% of Greater London and about 40% of these are ancient woodlands.

Woodlands contain many historic features including traditionally managed trees (coppices and pollards), hedges, wood banks, traces of woodland industries such as saw pits and charcoal hearths and prehistoric earthworks. Many woodlands have escaped modern cultivation or disturbance so historic features survive unusually well but can be vulnerable to unsympathetic management.

This booklet explains the types of historic features found in London's woodlands and how to protect them.

Planning for London’s Archaeology: views from the public sector

This paper was published by the London Archaeologist in 2020 as part of a collection published in ‘Fifty Years of London’s Archaeology’. The paper sets out the aspirations of the capital’s local government archaeological advisers to build upon existing best practice in the context of the new London Plan’s Good Growth agenda.
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