Archaeological remains and historic buildings provide a valuable historic record and identity of the country, adding to a sense of belonging for the population. They are recognised as being an irreplaceable part of the country’s national heritage and are therefore offered protection against unlawful or accidental damage. They also contribute significantly to the economy through tourism.
For these reasons your employer should tell you about the controls and your responsibilities when working on historic buildings, or near to or on archaeological and heritage sites.
These could include the following.
- Having an archaeologist on site during excavation work.
- Careful recording during dismantling activities to allow replication in reconstruction.
- Providing extra protection to existing buildings to avoid accidental damage from vehicles and plant.
- Specific processes to follow if you uncover previously unknown architectural details, decoration or items within buildings.
The legal reporting process you must follow if you uncover human remains or treasure.