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Archaeology service recognised

PUBLISHED: 13:55 18 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 03 July 2010

THE county's archaeology service has been recognised as one of the best after an inspection at a mid-Norfolk museum.

Norfolk Landscape Archaeology offices at Gressenhall came under scrutiny in May when inspectors from the National Institute for Archaeologists examined the work it does.

THE county's archaeology service has been recognised as one of the best after an inspection at a mid-Norfolk museum.

Norfolk Landscape Archaeology offices at Gressenhall came under scrutiny in May when inspectors from the National Institute for Archaeologists examined the work it does.

Following a day of in-depth examinations and staff interviews by the inspection panel, Norfolk Landscape Archaeology has now been recognised as one of the institute's prestigious registered organisations.

County archaeologist David Gurney said: “This is a significant achievement. They looked at just about everything we do, including the Norfolk Historic Environment Record, archaeology and planning, the identification and recording service for archaeological finds, our national mapping programme project on aerial photographs and our regional publication East Anglian Archaeology.”

Norfolk Landscape Archaeology has a team of 15 archaeologists who work on recording, interpreting and protecting Norfolk's 50,000 archaeological sites and find spots.

Each year they provide information and advice on more than 1,000 planning applications, add 2,000 new records to the archaeological database and catalogue around 22,000 new finds, making Norfolk one of the richest and best-recorded areas of the country.

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