A Desk Based Assessment (DBA) provides the necessary framework required to understand the heritage background of a site. Whether on land, the inter-tidal zone or underwater a DBA forms a programme of study consisting of an analysis of existing written, graphic, photographic and electronic information.

Heritage assets locations, significance and context are assessed in conjunction with the historical character of the study area and it’s significance within local, regional, national or international frameworks.

A DBA should provide a succinct and comprehensive representation of the cultural heritage constraints of a site, as well as a coherent model of its archaeological potential and appropriate mitigation mechanisms.

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