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Archaeology and Government. A plan for archaeology in Britain.

A joint publication of Rescue and the CBA

CBA Occasional Papers No. 7 (1974)


Title page of report 7

Early in 1974, RESCUE -The Trust for British Archaeology produced a draft policy document on the possible future structure of archaeology in Britain, with the title In Search of History. This document was forwarded for comment to the Council for British Archaeology and a joint working party of the two organizations was then set up to prepare a final version, here presented in the following pages. This document has been approved by the Committee and the Council of RESCUE and by the Executive Committee of the Council for British Archaeology.


  • Title pages
  • Introduction (pp 2-4)
  • The nature and purpose of archaeology (pp 4-5)
  • A structure for archaeology in Britain (pp 6-8)
  • The National Archaeological Advisory Committee (p 8)
  • The Regional Archaeological Advisory Committees (p 9)
  • County Archaeological Advisory Committees (p 10)
  • The National Archaeological Service (pp 10-11)
  • Organization at the local level (pp 12-14)
  • The Department of the Environment (p 14)
  • Other interests (pp 15-17)
  • Recruitment and training of archaeologists (pp 17-18)
  • Summary and conclusions (pp 18-19)
  • Appendix A: Text of DoE Statement of 20 September 1973 (pp 20-21)
  • Appendix B: Text of Ministerial Statement of 23 May 1974 (pp 22-23)
  • Appendix C: Diagram of proposed administrative structure (p 24)

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