Desk-Based Assessment (DBA)

We prepare archaeological assessments on behalf of developers as part of the planning process to determine the likelihood that any remains of archaeological significance exist within a given area, or to assess the significance of remains already known to be there.  Our DBAs incorporate an audit of historical landscape components and present a synthesis of the overall chronology of the defined area. We identify cultural heritage constraints within the proposed development area and make recommendations regarding the work required to mitigate the scheme’s impact.

The report collates evidence from a wide range of sources, including historic maps, secondary historical works, excavation reports, site visits and the local Heritage Environment Record (HER). The research provides contextual information regarding the archaeological and historical development of an area, it identifies where investigative evaluation or recording work may be necessary in order to clarify areas of uncertainty regarding the nature and significance of the archaeology of the site, and makes recommendations regarding the work required to progress the scheme.

If you’re looking to commission an archaeological assessment, then please get in touch and we can discuss options.

Case Studies: Recent assessments include: Lindisfarne Vicarage, Tarset Castle, Glasshouse Street Newcastle, Newgate Centre site Newcastle, Chester-le-Street Civic Centre site, Newcastle Great Park, Bill Point Newcastle, Berwick Jetty, Gilesgate College Durham, Fenkle Street Alnwick.