Experienced researching forms the basis for archaeological Desk-Based Assessments (DBA’s) which can be necessary when more information is required to understand the potential impacts on the historic environment, and the development project. They can help to empower clients to anticipate requirements, and inform their project design.

The assessment will normally be undertaken in pre-planning, or submitted with a planning performance agreement, and will inform clients as to the potential impacts of their proposed project on archaeology or heritage both existing on their site, or within its setting, and will then provide a recommendation of the appropriate archaeological programme of work, based on this assessment.