Regional research framework

Research and Archaeology the research framework for the eastern counties (published in 2000) was the first of its kind in England. Developed by ALGAO East, the framework includes Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and is intended to provide a firm foundation for archaeological work — generating high quality research and ensuring that the full potential of PPG investigations is realised.

Research and Archaeology is published in the EAA Occasional Papers series and available online.

It follows the structure envisaged by English Heritage and set out in Frameworks for Our Past (Olivier 1996):

  • Resource assessment: the current state of knowledge and understanding.
  • Research agenda: gaps in knowledge, potential of resource, research topics.
  • Research strategy: priorities and methods for achieving research aims.

Comprehensive review underway

The Regional Research Framework for the East of England was never intended to be a fixed point but rather a dynamic process through which the region’s archaeology can be influenced, and subject to periodic review and revision. A comprehensive review is now underway.

The project, developed by ALGAO East of England supported by Historic England, aims to establish an accessible, interactive Framework that can be readily updated and sustained beyond the lifespan of the project. The Framework will make use of an online hub developed collaboratively with Historic England which will bring together disparate resources for anyone engaged in historic environment research in the region.

The project is managed by Alice Cattermole Heritage Consultancy.