Consultations

This page lists draft written guidance currently open for public and professional comment. Please take time to review these drafts and to send us comments. Your responses will help us to make sure that guidance is both relevant and effective.

Open Consultations - New Guidance

Guidance for the use of Radiocarbon Dating and Chronological Modelling in archaeology

These guidelines promote good practice for the use of radiocarbon dating and Bayesian chronological modelling in English archaeology. They are primarily intended for curators and project managers who:

  • advise local planning authorities
  • issue briefs
  • write specifications or written schemes of investigation

They are also relevant for individuals who are working on development-led or research projects. They are designed to be relevant to archaeological projects funded under the planning process in England, and so concentrate on using radiocarbon dating and chronological modelling within the Holocene period (similar guidance on dating techniques for the Pleistocene period is in preparation).

We would like to invite comments on the coverage and focus of this document: are there any significant omissions, is the advice provided appropriate and achievable, and is the document easy to use and comprehensible? We would particularly like suggestions for additional figures, and views on whether the glossary is needed.

Please send your feedback by 31 January 2015 to alex.bayliss@english-heritage.org.uk or post comments to Alex Bayliss, English Heritage, 1 Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn, London, EC1N 2ST.  

Guidance for archaeological and historic pottery production sites

These guidelines promote good practice for investigating the remains of archaeological and historic pottery production sites. This guidance covers pottery production sites in England from about six thousand years ago through to the recent past. The examples focus on production sites of vessels, rather than bricks, tiles or sanitary wares, but much of the practical advice: on scientific dating, sampling, and post-excavation analysis for example, may still apply.

Please send your feedback by 28 December to sarah.paynter@english-heritage.org.uk or post comments back to Sarah Paynter, English Heritage, Fort Cumberland, Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9LD. We have created a feedback form below which you can use for comments if you wish.

Forthcoming Guidance

The list below gives details of guidance projects which teams in English Heritage are involved with or have commissioned. For any queries about these projects please email guidance@english-heritage.org.uk.

Closed Consultations

Consultation is now closed on the drafts listed below. Draft documents are in most cases still available for reference pending final publication (see the list of PDF documents below). However please note that guidance and recommendations may be different in the final published version in comparison to the earlier drafts.

Tall Buildings: Advice on plan-making, submitting, assessing and deciding planning proposals.This consultation closed on 30 November 2014. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact tall.buildings@english-heritage.org.uk.

Archaeometallurgy Guidelines (Second Edition). For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact david.dungworth@english-heritage.org.uk.

Consultation on Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning. Please email GoodPracticeConsultation@english-heritage.org.uk for further information on the Good Practice Advice in Planning notes listed below:

Final versions of these documents, along with additional more detailed information (termed Technical Advice in Planning) will replace both the PPS5 Planning and the Historic Environment: Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide (2010) and various pieces of English Heritage guidance. This is likely to be in early 2015.  

Sampling Large Burial Grounds. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact simon.mays@english-heritage.org.uk.

Historic military aviation sites, conservation management guidance (Second Edition). For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact Billy.Reading@english-heritage.org.uk

Where On Earth Are We? The role of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in archaeological field survey (Second Edition). For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact Trevor Pearson (trevor.pearson@english-heritage.org.uk).

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and the Historic Environment National Guidance. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact Katie Carmichael (Katie.Carmichael@english-heritage.org.uk).

English Heritage Guidance Note on Digital Image Capture and File Storage.For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact James Davies (James.Davies@english-heritage.org.uk).

Human Remains from Wreck sites: a Proposed Policy for Consultation.This consultation closed on 13 December 2013. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please email designation@english-heritage.org.uk.

Military Aircraft Crash Sites: Archaeological Guidance on their Significance and Future Management. This consultation closed 31 March 2012. Contact aircraftcrashsites@english-heritage.org.uk for further information about this document.