The Council for British Archaeology speaks up for many different aspects of caring for the archaeological resource. Our conservation interests encompass protection for the whole of the historic environment - from archaeology below ground to standing buildings and townscapes, landscapes and the natural heritage, inter-tidal and marine archaeology.
We represent the interests of archaeologists and archaeological organisations to Government and to policy makers, and speak out to safeguard the historic environment.
We are a leading advocate for the protection and investigation of the historic environment. Working with partner organisations in the heritage sector, we aim to maximise the protection of the UK’s historic environment by influencing public policy and legislative reform.
Challenge Funding, supported by English Heritage and Cadw, aims to encourage independent, voluntary effort in making original contributions to the study and care of the historic environment.
All archaeological discoveries have the potential to add to our knowledge, but for this to happen, any new finds must be reported and recorded so that the information they offer can be shared. The CBA best practice guidelines show that as long as they remain safe then it is better to leave the evidence for future generations to investigate with better techniques and with better-informed questions to ask.
Over 4,000 listed building applications from England and Wales are sent to the CBA each year. We advise how to minimise the impact of a proposal, and on assessment and recording.
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The CBA works to shape government policy around current issues threatening the future of our historic environment. We monitor and campaign in a number of areas, from climate change, to heritage protection reform, and safeguarding our marine heritage and the ongoing saga of Stonehenge.
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