Archaeological archives - standard packaging saves space and makes them more accessible
Archaeological archives are the objects and associated data produced during archaeological projects. Reading’s local planning policy recognises the importance of recording and preserving our archaeological heritage.
Any work on a potentially significant historical site is usually accompanied by an archaeological investigation, undertaken by a professional excavation unit and funded by the developer. The resulting archives are a major resource for the study of human history and can revolutionise our interpretation of the past.
With the consent of the landowners, archaeological archives from work within the boundaries of Reading Borough are added to Reading Museum’s collection. The Museum is committed to caring for them and making them publicly accessible.
The long-term value of an archive to future researchers and visitors is greatly enhanced if it is complete and compiled in a well ordered and accessible manner.
Reading Museum’s Procedures for the Deposit of Archaeological Archives must be followed by archaeological units to ensure that all deposited archives are prepared to the required standard. This enables the Museum to manage them effectively and to make them accessible to the community without delay.
The procedure, including related guidelines and forms, can be downloaded below. We have also provided a version of the new format notification form separately for convenience.
Date updated: 26 Oct 2016