Standards and Guidance

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The Standards and Guidance Working Group will address several of the key objectives of the Archaeology 2030 Strategy under Aim 1: Archaeology on the Ground: Standards, guidance and procedures that enable good archaeological practice, and will work to ensure that archaeological work is conducted in line with internationally recognised standards and guidance.

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Key Areas:
  • Reviewing existing Standards and Guidance for archaeological practice in Northern Ireland and identify gaps
  • Developing Standards and Guidance for a range of areas of archaeological practice, including:
    • Excavation and Geophysical survey
    • Historic Building Surveys
    • Marine and aquatic underwater investigation
    • Palaeo-environmental assessments and environmental sampling
    • Human Remains
    • Archaeological/ Historic Environment Advice

Strategic Objectives

Standards and Guidance; Protection; Quality and Procedures; Value

Under the themes of Archaeology on the Ground, the Working Group will work with the Institutes (CIfA and IAI) and other professional organisations for the Standards and Guidance development, and break out into sub-groups to address the development of practical guidance for specialist areas including historic building recording, marine and aquatic underwater investigation, environmental and palaeo-environmental remains, sampling strategies, human remains etc.

Participants and Collaboration

The working group/ sub-working groups will engage with a wide range of organizations and individuals to access specialist knowledge and consult widely with the commercial and academic sectors. Developing training opportunities and workshops (in tandem with other Working Groups), particularly for specialist topics such as environmental archaeology, sampling and dating methods, and geo-archaeology, will be another key output.

Archaeologists excavating preserved wooden structural remains at Drumclay crannog, Co. Fermanagh, an early medieval site lake habitation dating from the 8th century AD.

Archaeologists excavating preserved wooden structural remains at Drumclay crannog, Co. Fermanagh, an early medieval site lake habitation dating from the 8th century AD.

Key People

Working Group Chair: Rhonda Robinson

Rhonda Robinson has been Assistant Director / Principal Inspector of Historic Monuments with Historic Environment Division (HED) since 2013. In her current position Rhonda leads a team with a remit for the Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI), and is currently focussed on the designation of sites for protection, reviewing legislation and policy, managing and developing HERoNI, and delivering solutions to artefact / archaeological archives management for the sector, as well as working with the professional Institutes to develop a new suite of standards and guidance. She is also leading in the delivery of Archaeology 2030.

Rhonda Robinson, MCIfA, Assistant Director (HED)

Working Group Chair

Draft Working Group Action Plan

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