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Desktop assessments

Much of the SCAU's (Surrey County Archaeological Unit) work is carried out on behalf of clients, meeting their need for archaeological work within the planning system. We can organise and carry out all aspects of such work.

A desk-top assessment is often the first requirement. It provides an analysis of the historical and archaeological background, and assesses the potential impact of proposed development.

The research materials and skills that enable us to prepare high quality desk-top assessments, also provide the basis for a variety of other projects. For example we have recently prepared the Extensive Urban Survey of 17 Surrey towns on behalf of English Heritage.

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