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School of Environment and Life Sciences

Centre for Applied Archaeology

Spencer streetThe Centre for Applied Archaeology is a Registered Archaeological Organisation with the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists and undertakes work in three areas:

  • Teaching and research, especially within industrial archaeology and the built environment, where we are leaders in the field.          
  • Promoting and providing research access to heritage and community archaeology.          
  • Archaeological consultancy work and professional development courses.

Professional services

We have experience of providing developers in the construction and planning industries a wide range of archaeological services and consultancy to meet current legislation and planning guidance.

With strong links with the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford, we are uniquely placed to deliver a client focused approach to deal with the needs of the construction industry.

We provide the following professional services across the Heritage sector:

  • Consultancy and pre-planning advice        
  • Preparation of project tenders and heritage design briefs        
  • Archaeology desk-based and environmental impact assessment        
  • Archaeological evaluation excavations and test-pitting        
  • Archaeological excavation        
  • Historic building assessments and surveys        
  • 3D visualisation of buildings and structures        
  • 3D visualisation of landscapes and artefacts        
  • Landscapes surveys        
  • Archaeological illustration and publication        
  • Public links and community engagement  

Contact us for more information on how we can help you.

Cross street

The centre aims to be at the forefront of current archaeological practice and research and undertakes archaeological research within three broad areas: the historic built environment, community engagement and industrial archaeology. This work is published in a variety of locations and media, including  the  centre's  own  monograph series, applied archaeology research reports and in the form of specialist reports. These documents and more research material (including photographs, maps and plans) can be viewed on the centre's Archaeology Collection website.

Particular areas of research study include community engagement with heritage; 3D visualisation of past landscapes and buildings; and the archaeology of industrialisation. We welcome potential postgraduate students wishing to further their study in these areas through our professional doctorate programmes.

Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service  

The centre hosts the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service which acts as the archaeological curator for the ten Districts of Greater Manchester, read more here.

Community Digs

There is a whole world of history buried beneath our feet and the University of Salford is giving you the chance to discover it for yourself. Find out more about volunteering opportunities.

Dig Greater Manchester

Running from 2011 to 2016, Dig Greater Manchester was one of the largest 21st century community archaeology projects in Britain. Find out more about our involvement.