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 Desk Based Assessments:

A desk based assessment (DBA) is often the first stage of the archaeological process, and may be required at the start of a planning application.

The DBA will research and analyse the known and potential archaeology of a site and its immediate surroundings, and will critically look at any past impacts, such as earlier development at the site, to establish whether the proposed development is likely to damage or destroy any archaeology.

The DBA will require an inspection of the Historic Environment Records for the site and its immediate surroundings (this is normally provided by the County Council, who make a charge for its provision).

Published archaeological reports and historical records will be consulted, whilst any estate maps, tithe maps and Ordnance Survey maps will be inspected.

If aerial photographs are available, these will also be consulted as they may often reveal buried features. This research will take place at County Records Offices and Libraries, whilst CBAS has its own library of national, regional and local sources.

Finally a site visit will often need to be made to see the site in its landscape setting, and to establish whether there are any visible remains.

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