Responsible Archaeology Guidance and Best Practice


Here you can find guidance, templates and notes on archaeological best practice.

Whatever your archaeological project, whether it is metal detecting your local fields or an excavation, it is important for us all to follow best practice to make sure that we retrieve as much archaeological information as possible.

By doing things properly and responsibly, we can all make a difference, ensure that archaeology is recorded accurately and appropriately for the future and help advance our collective knowledge and understanding of our history.

Before starting any archaeological project, it is important to do your research and to plan. Always make sure you have landowner permission before conducting any fieldwork, including metal detecting, and check whether the site is subject to any environmental designations or is a listed Scheduled Monument. 

Explore the sections below for guidance, templates and top tips!

blue ink sketch of site location

Planning an archaeological project

guidance and templates

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black and white historic map

Research the area

links to resources and the Historic Environment Record

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aerial view of Orford town

Survey Methods

aerial photography, metal detecting, fieldwalking, geophysical

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close up of trowel excavating in sandy soil

Excavation and Post-excavation

advice and templates from start to finish

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view across fields in suffolk

Guidance for Landowners

information and advice

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More Guides and Resources

links to other guides for further reading

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