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Preventive Conservation on Archaeological Sites: UK Policy and Practice

Henderson, Jane ORCID: and Lingle, Ashley 2020. Preventive Conservation on Archaeological Sites: UK Policy and Practice. China Cultural Heritage 2 , pp. 25-35.
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Preventive conservation at archaeological sites includes a broad range of measures, aimed at passively mitigating deterioration. All actions and strategies are defined by the heritage framework governing practice on protected sites, so the legislation and guidance within the UK is explored. Measures for preventive conservation such as defining significance, risk management, documentation, understanding the depositional environment and monitoring changes, the use of covers and shelters, emergency preparedness, and site management are discussed. Contemporary conservation practice in the UK shows a clear understanding of the benefits of the heritage to the communities that they serve, so locating the preventive conservation within public benefit is essential. Incorporating preventative measures in a collaborative multidisciplinary approach creates the foundation for extending the useable life of a site and its values.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Uncontrolled Keywords: Preventive conservation; risk; significance; policy; engagement
Language other than English: Chinese
ISSN: 1672-7819
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 June 2020
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2023 21:55

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