Developing Guidance on National Research Frameworks


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 was conducted on the subject of ‘Making Choices’, 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,

The EAC has identified four main areas that 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.  Working groups have been set up to help develop guidance on these four areas, including the National Research Frameworks working group. 

The main objective of the Developing national research frameworks working group is to develop simple guidance to:

  • introduce the concept of research frameworks

  • show current examples and case studies

  • provide information on the different ways to create research frameworks, and

  • describe the benefits and how these frameworks can be used.


Dan Miles - England, UK (co-chair)

Inge van der Jagt - The Netherlands (co-chair)

Ulla Kadakas - Estonia

Adrian Oliver - England, UK

John O’Keeffe - Northern Ireland, UK

Gabriel Cooney - Northern Ireland, UK 

Katalin Wollák - Hungary 

Sandra Zirne - Latvia 

Hrvoje Potrebica - Croatia


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