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All staff on site must to wear full PPE (personal protection equipment).
This year despite doing the same job in same location as I have done for the previous 3 Days of Archaeology the name of organisation I work for is different.This is due to the recent split of the old English Heritage into Historic England (who I work for) and the English Heritage Trust.Historic England is the public body that looks after England’s historic environment by championing historic places, helping people understand value and care for them.English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites.My colleagues in GLAAS Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service provide advice to the planner in many of the London boroughs (the City of London and Southwark have their own in house archaeological advisers).The archaeology advisers will contact me on projects which include aspects of archaeological science such as Geoarchaeological borehole surveys.
Random interesting fact 1 – when writing about the East and North East London wetlands the term Lea is used for the natural river valley and its deposits whilst Lee denotes the manmade channel of the Lee Navigation.
The highlight of my morning was a site visit to see the Crossrail site of Bedlam near Liverpool Street which is being excavated by archaeologists and osteologists from MOLA.
My day started with reading some new guidelines from APABE – the Advisory Panel on the archaeology of Burials in England which had been written by my Historic England colleagues Jane Sidell and Simon Mays.
More and more projects are taking place on land which includes some very large burial ground so this guidance is particularly welcome.
Next I read and responded to a number of WSI (written schemes of investigation) for commercial projects in London.
These are basically method statements and have to be approved before work can commence.