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Research publications

The Council for British Archaeology is committed to advancing the study and practice of archaeology and communicating the results of relevant research. We do this by offering resources to support research and through our own publications.

Knap of Howar

Research resources

We provide research support for the archaeology network through publications and online archaeological resources such as biab, the bibliographic resource for England and Ireland, and Archlib, the electronic library of archaeological books and journals online.

CBA research

The Council conducts its own research, guided by our strategic objectives. We publish the results online.

Many of our publications, including Research Reports and Occasional papers are now available electronically free-of-charge through the website of the Archaeology Data Service.

Our research approach

Since it was founded in 1944, the Council for British Archaeology has played a key role in promoting, supporting, facilitating and disseminating research in British archaeology.

The CBA's research activity focuses specifically on applied research - research to acquire new knowledge that is directed primarily towards a specific practical objective - to support its programmes in education, public participation and environmental protection.

As an educational charity, we strive to:

  • Advance the study and practice of archaeology
  • Promote the education of the public in archaeology
  • Conduct and communicate the results of relevant research
  • Advance public understanding and care of the historic environment.

Over the last 10 years the CBA has pioneered research in key areas such as the impact of metal detecting on archaeology, television archaeology and the media, education outside the classroom, and the assessment of information and data management needs for the historic environment.

Our research projects

We are currently undertaking a new research project into the different ways in which we can support young people to get more involved with and enthused by archaeology.

One of our largest sustained research projects in recent years was the Defence of Britain and Defence Areas projects (1995–2005) which included a major field programme involving over 600 volunteers across the UK in the recording of nearly 20,000 twentieth-century military sites.

The CBA has also undertaken research relating to the organisation’s central aim to increase opportunities for participation and learning through archaeology.

Home Guard in 1940_Defence of Britain project
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