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Essex County Council proposes merger with ASE

24 January 2013

Archaeology South-East

Essex County Council is proposing to transfer the services of its Field Archaeology Unit (FAU) to Archaeology South-East, becoming part of the wider provision of the Applied Archaeology services offered by UCL.

Essex County Council's FAU is a small specialist team of experienced and highly regarded field archaeologists, providing a commercial archaeological service to private and public sector clients throughout Essex and neighbouring counties. The transfer of its services to UCL aims to ensure the long-term commercial viability of the service.

As Dominic Perring has indicated:

  • "We would be delighted to take forward the important work of the Essex Field Archaeology Unit. Over the years the FAU has made many exciting discoveries whilst helping local developers to protect and preserve the historic environment. We intend to continue this good work, whilst investing in new research skills. By merging the FAU team with our own professional archaeologists in Archaeology South-East, we can further strengthen one of the UK’s best-equipped centres for archaeological study.

According to Essex County Councillor, Jeremy Lucas:

  • "UCL is one of the world’s leading universities for Applied Archaeology with a long-standing research interest in the archaeology of southern Britain – including active research and teaching projects in Essex. I welcome the proposed transfer of the FAU to UCL to advance existing expertise and the high standards that the research team provides to its clients.”

The Centre for Applied Archaeology (CAA) is a research and support division within the UCL Institute of Archaeology encouraging research and innovation in professional archaeological practice and building links between commercial practice, academic research, and local communities. Archaeology South-East as its contracts division works to develop professional practice, pioneering new approaches to the study of the past while finding ways to involve local communities in their work and in communicating results to both popular and academic audiences.