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Thanet Earth excavation

‘Threat-led research can contribute significantly to local, regional and national research agendas’ (English Heritage: Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment, 2006, 36)

At the Trust we are fully aware that our daily development-led work produces significant data for archaeological research in general. This work, in response to government policy, includes desk-based archaeological assessments and heritage statements, historic landscape analysis, walkover surveys, environmental impact statements on cultural heritage, building recording and of course archaeological fieldwork, along with the necessary data processing, MAP2 styled assessment of findings, post-excavation analyses, reporting and publication of results. These projects are conducted to Institute for Archaeologists (IFA) standards and managed in accordance with English Heritage guidance (MoRPHE). The Trust uses and contributes to the Integrated Archaeological Database (IADB), and our post-excavation projects are conducted to excellent academic standards, appropriate to both the significance of the findings and the level of funding available for analysis and interpretation for each project.

Recent important development-led excavations carried out by the Trust include those at the Beaney Institute, Canterbury and the Thanet Earth project (see photo, above). Work continues on these and many other projects in post-excavation analyses leading to publication in our own Annual Reports, Occasional Papers, Monographs and other publications.

Some smaller scale projects do not lead to full publication, but we are committed to making our archive of unpublished reports in the public domain available via our on-line project gazetteer and reports lists (CAT Reports).


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