Centre for Archaeology - English Heritage

English Heritage's Centre for Archaeology at Fort Cumberland, near Portsmouth, was established in 1999 by bringing together the Central Archaeology Service, already based in Portsmouth, and the Ancient Monuments Laboratory, relocated from London. CfA was set up with the aim of becoming a national centre of excellence in archaeological practice, integrating work in the field, stratigraphic analysis, finds studies and work in the laboratory; it provides a resource for English archaeology, working in partnership with units, universities and amateur groups, and a source of help and advice on policy and casework for colleagues within English Heritage. CfA is unique in the range of specialist archaeological disciplines covered by its staff members and others in university-based contract posts. All staff contribute to training and outreach, organising and participating in conferences and seminars, education events and National Archaeology Days. The results of our work are made available through the CfA Reports Series and a wide variety of specialist academic publications, guidance documents, popular publications, and, increasingly, through the Internet.
The Centre for Archaeology produces the following publications: CfA News, CfA Guidelines, CfA Report Series (incorporating the AML Report Series). In addition, the work of the CfA is published in a wide variety of books, periodicals, and monograph series.

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Centre for Archaeology - English Heritage





023 9285 6700

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