Centre for Applied Archaeology
UCL Institute of Archaeology


CAA Projects

CAA is involved in variety of short and long-term projects across the world. The tabs below provide short overview of our selected projects. This list is nor comprehensive. Our collaborations are dynamic and our international portfolio is ever growing.

survey of the historical cities of Ancient Merv

European Projects

Heritage Values Network

CAA and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage completed a collaborative European project. The project  initiated a European, cross-disciplinary dialogue between heritage practitioners, researchers and policy makers on ‘heritage values’ through the conduct of three networking workshops. The collaborations under this project were exceptionally valuable for CAA and other partners involved. 

With: Leiden University, Eindhoven University of Technology, Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research, University of Barcelona


The project developed an innovative mentored internship scheme between entrepreneurs and students and recent graduates who presented new ideas. The project, supported and directed by the European Commission's DG for Education and Culture, was aimed at supporting larger European agendas in skills exchange to support tomorrow’s entrepreneurs in Culture and Creative sectors. This 'Knowledge Alliance' pilot project, which was launched in February 2013, was co-ordinated by CAA (UCL) on behalf of a consortium of 11 partners from 7 countries. Please see our dedicated EDUCCKATE page for more information

EU CoE support to the promotion of cultural diversity in Kosovo

In 2010-2011, CAA staff and principal consultants took part in two different activity areas of this joint EU CoE project, Capacity Develolpment and Education and Public Awareness. The former fed into the publication of guidelines on how to conduct archaeology in the context of development, and the latter created the first university module on Cultural Heritage in Kosovo. For more information see the Cultural Diversity in Kosovo website.

With/for: DGIV, The Cultural Heritage and Technical Assistance Division, Council of Europe

Monitoring Heritage Conventions

The CAA has been a member of the Council of Europe's Expert Group on Heritage Convention Monitoring since 2007. Since then, two separate pilots have been carried out, on the the European Convention for the Archaeological Heritage (Valletta 1992) and the European Convention for the Architectural Heritage (Granada, 1985), which was carried out in light of the Faro Framework Convention for the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (2005). For more information see the Council of Europe's website. This work was undertaken in order to update the on-line monitoring tools used by the European Heritage Network (HEREIN). For more information see the HEREIN website.

With/for: DGIV, Cultural Heritage and Landscape Division, Council of Europe

European Heritage Days

In 2010, the CAA evaluated the 2009 Chapter of the European Heritage Days, an event sponsored by the Council of Europe and the European Commission, which involves the 50 signatory states to the European Cultural Convention. Sites and houses that are not normally accessible to the public are opened up. Visit the European Heritage Days website for more information.

With/for: DGIV, Cultural Heritage and Landscape Division, Council of Europe

Heritage Management UK

The Twin Monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow: World Heritage Site UK candidate

The Twin Monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow candidate World Heritage Site 2011 included the churches of St. Peter Monkwearmouth and St. Paul, Jarrow, which still contain considerable standing Anglo-Saxon components, and the significant(though buried) known archaeological remains of the accompanying monastic complexes.

The buffer zone includes land and institutions managed by major stakeholders such as the National Glass Centre, Sunderland University, Bede’s World Museum, Port of Tyne, Shell Mex, and the two city councils. CAA ran Partnership workshops to facilitate discussion of issues of site governance and management, stakeholder participation, and information management. New material was commissioned for the Management Plan and Nomination document. The CAA then edited and updated the nomination document and carried out a comprehensive redrafting of the structure and much of the content of the site management plan, integrating a great deal of new material in time for submission in late 2010. See the Wearmouth and Jarrow website for more information.

With/for: The Wearmouth-Jarrow Partnership

The Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site Management Plan

In 2008, the CAA was commissioned to edit and complete the third Hadrian’s Wall WHS Management Plan (2008-2014). Kirsty Norman worked spent a period of 6 months working with the project team, coordinating the writing, editing, and design of the Plan.
The third Hadrian's Wall WHS Management Plan can be viewed on the Hadrian's Wall website.

With/for: Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd.  

Cloister Gallery, Dorchester on Thames

Our Principal Consultant for Heritage Interpretation and Museum Design Chris Hudson received a commendation for Best Permanent Exhibition in the 2006 Museum and Heritage awards for a display of medieval stonework salvaged from the original abbey building.
View the Heritage Interpretation page for more information.

Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project

The CAA (Archaeology South-East) is working with strategic partners to deliver remedial field work and an effective management plan for the site of this early Neolithic Scheduled Monument. The project will involve community engagement with a view to focusing primarily on protecting the site and an enhanced level of interpretation to the wider public.

With/for: Brighton and Hove City Council / East Sussex County Council / English Heritage / Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society

Woking Palace Community Archaeology Project, Surrey, UK

A long term community project involving the undertaking of standing building survey, historical research, field excavation, geophysical and topographical survey on a royal medieval moated site. The 2009 phase of work will concentrate on topographic and geophysical survey.

With: Woking Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Surrey Archaeological Society, Surrey County Archaeological Unit and Quaternary Scientific, University of Reading.    

The South Downs National Park, Hampshire and Sussex, UK

A major Landscape Character assessment project for the designated South Downs National Park. The CAA was also commissioned to provide specialist advice relating to the development of the historic and built environments.

With/for: Land Use Consultants on behalf of Hampshire County Council

Documenting an archaeological remains