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DCMS issues revised guidance on scheduled monuments

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has issued revised guidance on Scheduled Monuments (www.gov.uk/government/publications/scheduled-monuments-policy-statement). This policy document covers not only formally scheduled monuments but also the potentially much larger assemblage of monuments of equivalent significance (‘national importance’) that are not, or not yet, scheduled for a variety of reasons relating to limitations in the legislation, the exercise of her discretion by the Secretary of State or a lack of knowledge or understanding about the site in question.

Inverclyde Council to withdraw funding from the West of Scotland Archaeology Service

Inverclyde Council is about to withdraw from a service-level agreement providing funds to the West of Scotland Archaeology Service. IfA has written to the Leader of Inverclyde Council urging the Council to reconsider this decision and pointing out the risks to the historic environment if archaeological services are no longer in place to enable the Council to discharge its obligations.

Click here to read IfA’s letter to the Leader of Inverclyde Council

Archaeological Archives Forum Open Meeting

7 March 2013
The Dickens Room, Birmingham and Midland Institute Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS

In the past year the Society of Museum Archaeologists, with support from English Heritage and FAME, have been gathering information on archaeological archive material and museums in England.

CAAUK Conference 2013: Registration and General Programme

L - P Archaeology, a commercial archaeology unit and one of our Registered Organisations, is hosting the 2013 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology UK meeting.

Community Archaeology Bursary Placements Applications now open

Do you want to develop your career in archaeology?

Are you interested in working directly with a wide range of communities?

The Community Archaeology Bursary Placements (CATPs) are aimed specifically at providing training to individuals who already have a good working knowledge of archaeological theory and techniques and who are keen to develop their skills for utilisation in their future career to enhance relationships between the archaeological profession and a wide range of communities.

The bursaries are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Skills for the

Archaeological measured survey on Scotland's national forest estate

Archaeological measured survey is a really important element of our profession - and if a picture is worth a thousand words, it is certainly worth taking time (and a thousand words) preparing the picture.

With this in mind, a new Forestry Commission Scotland publication Archaeological Measured Survey on Scotland’s national forest estate has just been launched.

Localism Act 2011

The Localism Act 2011 – which has implications for planning reform in England – received Royal Assent on 15 November. The Act introduces far-reaching planning reform with the abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies and of the Infrastructure Planning Commission together with changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy and the introduction of planning enforcement orders. Neighbourhood planning (neighbourhood development plans and orders including community right to build)is set to see signifcant reform.

Hampshire County Council on behalf of the Hampshire-Solent Alliance - Request for quotation


The Hampshire-Solent Alliance is seeking to commission an organisation or individual to review current practices within the partnership and in doing so, develop a joint strategy and action plan to facilitate a more consistent approach to archaeological collections management.

For further information please go to the Jobs Information Service online adverts

Deadline for responses to NPPF consultation approaching


The deadline for submitting responses to the NPPF consultation is 17 October 2011

As previously reported the IfA has a number of serious concerns about the current wording of the draft, which we think would result in a weakening of protection for the historic environment, and could lead to sites and buildings of archaeological interest being destroyed without adequate investigation, analysis and dissemination.

Consultation on proposed budget cuts in Middlesborough

As already reported, Tees Archaeology has been under threat from having its funding withdrawn from Middlesborough Council.

The Council have released a 6-week consultation on its proposed budget cuts which state their intent to withdraw from Tees Archaeology.

The IfA will continue to argue against this proposal and would encourage all IfA members to submit a response to the consultation by Friday 18 November 2011.

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