Landward Archaeology Research Reports

Kenneth Aitchison, 2001

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In the summer and autumn of 1999, Landward Archaeology Ltd undertook a survey of archaeological specialists and those using the services of those specialists.

The project was commissioned by the Institute of Field Archaeologists and was jointly sponsored by Museum of London Specialist Services and English Heritage (Archaeology Division).

The survey was undertaken by postal questionnaire, with the questionnaires being posted in early August 1999. Data from questionnaires that were returned by 30th September 1999 have been used in the compilation of this report.

1.1 Aims

This project aims to provide information about the use of archaeological specialists by organisations undertaking archaeological work. It has approached those commissioning specialist work and those undertaking it to examine their views on service provision and training.

This project also aims to provide insights into skills surpluses and shortages, costs and the basis of costing, so helping the profession and individuals plan for training provision and career progression.

1.2 Objectives

  • To compile available information on the number and nature of archaeological specialists working in the UK.
  • To discover which specialisms are readily available.
  • To discover which specialisms are in under-supply.
  • To discover what kind of service is sought by the users of specialists.
  • To discover what project and non-project overheads specialists expect or are expected to cost for.
  • To discover how much specialists charge or are expected to charge.
  • To assess what sort of training is provided, and what is considered to be required by specialists, both at entry-level and as Continuing Professional Development (without duplicating the work of other surveys).
  • To disseminate the results to the profession.
  • To make recommendations or to allow recommendations to be made on future action.