Desk-Based Assessment (DBA)

A Desk-Based Assessment takes into consideration all known records relating to a defined area to gauge the archaeological potential of a site and understand how best to work with and protect it during development. Wessex Archaeology will consult all known historical and archival sources relating to your study area, from National Record of the Historic Environment or local Historic Environment Records, to photographic and other sources, to create a comprehensive overview of the history and prehistory of your site at a scale appropriate to each development. This can inform future work and shape the way that archaeological research progresses, giving developers and curators an insight into the site.
Example Projects