Accurate and consistent recording is an important part of any archaeological project. It is vitally important in the case of excavation, buildings surveys or landscape surveys that a clear and comprehensible record is left for others to make use of. Many of the publications cited in the Archaeological Methodology∞ section will provide guidance on the right format and level of recording for different circumstances. The following may also be useful:
- guidance documents∞ provided by the IFA
- a guide to archaeological recording∞, produced by The Museum of London Archaeology Service (MoLAS)∞ (PDF Download)
- 'Understanding Historic Buildings - A guide to good recording practice∞' by English Heritage (PDF Download).
- information on how to carry out buildings recording at the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group∞ website
- a set of publications on Guides to Good Practice∞ in the creation, preservation and re-use of digital data have been produced by the Archaeology Data Service (ADS).
Archaeological recording is best undertaken with specialist help. For this you will need to obtain advice from your local Community Archaeologist, if one is available in your area, or seek professional guidance from a local Archaeological Contracting Unit. A list of the IFA Registered Archaeological Organisations∞ can be found online. For a longer list of all commercial archaeological units, see the Training Online Resource Centre∞ (TORC).
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