In order to promote the conservation, enhancement and understanding of Suffolk's distinctive historic environment:
- We maintain the Suffolk Historic Environment Record, the definitive record of the county's archaeological sites and heritage assets;
- We provide archaeological advice to local planning authorities, developers, landowners and farmers;
- We identify and record archaeological finds discovered by members of the public;
- We ensure the publication of fieldwork results and other research into Suffolk's past;
- We hold archaeological archives for the county in our county stores;
- The County Council's Archaeological Field Projects Team offers a range of archaeological services as well as innovative education packages for schools.
On 1st March 2014 we introduced charges for archaeological pre-application and post-consent planning advice. Further details can be found on our Planning and Countryside Advice and our Charges Questions and Answers pages. Full details are set out in the Archaeology Charging Schedule (PDF, 32kb) and archaeological planning advice can be requested using this Application Form (PDF, 39kb).
We support the initiative, Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH), by English Heritage, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to tackle all types of heritage crime (for example illegal metal detecting, damage to scheduled monuments or listed buildings). For Ipswich there is an online reporting system and useful local contact information. Further advice is also available from Suffolk Police.
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Archaeology Service Charges: Questions and Answers
We identify and record archaeological objects found by members of the public
The Historic Environment Record (HER) records information about the nature and location of archaeological sites, monuments, buildings and historic landscape.
The Archaeology Service gives advice about the conservation of Suffolk's historic environment