Articulating significance of archaeological sites
Following the publication of the Amersfoort Agenda, the EAC Board has been very active in responding to some of the priorities that were identified. Last year a survey on the subject of ‘Making Choices’ was conducted, with particular reference to development-led (or preventive/rescue) archaeology. The results have been published in summary in EAC Occasional Paper 13, and in full in the Making Choices report, and were the subject of sessions at EAA 2017 and at our 2018 EAC Symposium in Sofia. EAC wanted to establish what would help member states the most in making the case for the public value from development-led archaeology. This is vital in the context of increasing scrutiny of the system and thus in the protection of one of the key means of archaeological heritage management.
The Making Choices survey has helped to identify four main areas where the EAC could help develop guidance to improve consistency and transparency. All four areas have been translated into actions, which will be taken on by three new EAC Working Groups (WGs) and the existing EAC Working Group for Archaeological Archives.
The Articulating significance of archaeological sites working group is one of these three new groups. Its main objective is to provide guidance on articulation of significance of heritage assets to ensure that the values of each site are clearly articulated. This will assist in clear decision-making when change management is required.