A Comprehensive range of archaeological, heritage and historical services in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset

                                                  Generally required as the first stage in any archaeological works relating to development, a desk-based assessment is simply a study of all existing information concerning the archaeology of a site or building – maps, documents, photographs, previous studies etc. We generally carry out a site visit, but avoid the use of intrusive methods at this particular stage. This type of assessment can be particularly useful in identifying the archaeological potential of an area, be it the previous location of a Roman town, or an historic manor house that dates back further than originally thought.