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Consultation on the Standard and guidance for archaeological advice by historic environment services

Background to this consultation

IfA and ALGAO, with funding from English Heritage, Historic Scotland and Cadw, have produced a draft Standard and guidance for archaeological advice by historic environment services and are seeking comments from the sector and other interested parties.

The draft on which you are being asked to comment has benefitted from the responses to two previous consultations, firstly with the sector at the beginning of the year and secondly specifically with ALGAO members and those who responded to the first round in May to ascertain whether respondents felt that their comments had been taken on board.

The Standard and guidance

The aim of the Standard and guidance is to support historic environment services by providing a benchmark of quality against which service providers can be assessed. An online good practice guide is being produced to accompany the Standard and guidance but does not form part of this consultation.

IfA and ALGAO are now seeking your opinion on whether the Standard and guidance fulfils its aim of providing an effective benchmark of quality.

Submitting your comments

The closing date for the consultation is 5pm on Friday 27 July 2012. Responses should be sent by email to consultation@archaeologists.net or by post to

Standard and guidance consultation Institute for Archaeologists SHES, University of Reading Whiteknights PO Box 227 Reading, RG6 6AB

If your comments are based on the collated views of a group or organisation, please make this clear in your response. Your comments will inform the final revision of this document which will be proposed for interim adoption for a period of one year at the IfA’s Annual General Meeting on 8 October 2012. If the Standard and guidance is adopted at the AGM, a formal programme for its review and revision over the interim period will be implemented.

Due to the numbers of comments expected, we are unable to respond individually to points raised but if you do wish to discuss urgent issues in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact Kate Geary at kate.geary@archaeologists.net.

Consultation documents

Please find below the documents of consultation in both PDF and DOC format.

PDF files

Standard and guidance for archaeological advice by historic environment services

Glossary and definition of terms

DOC files

Standard and guidance for archaeological advice by historic environment services

Glossary and definition of terms

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