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Department of Archaeology: Archaeological Services

Desk-based assessment

Desk-based assessments are designed to provide baseline data on the potential archaeological and heritage assets that may be affected by a proposed development.

We produce these assessments to fulfil the requirements of the planning authorities and establish the nature and extent of any further pre-determination works that may be necessary.

They may also be needed to underpin scoping documents and environmental assessments.

For further information contact:

Daniel Still
Project Co-ordinator
Archaeological Services
Durham University
Green Lane
tel 0191 334 1121
fax 0191 334 1126

During a desk-based assessment historic records are researched to establish what information exists about a development site's past. The map regression on the left shows Durham Cathedral on 16th, 17th and 18th century maps.