Our heritage, whether it is one of our Scheduled Monuments, a historic building, or a known or unknown archaeological site, is a finite and irreplaceable resource.Suffolk Archaeology recognises that, as archaeological fieldwork is by its very nature destructive, we only have one chance to properly ‘preserve by record’ a site for posterity and therefore ensures that its projects meet the highest professional archaeological standards.
All of our work follows the standards set by a variety of national, regional and local organisations. These principally include:
Suffolk Archaeology is a Registered Organisation (RO) with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. The CIfA acts as the self-regulating body for the archaeological profession in the UK and our membership demonstrates our adherence to its Code of Conduct, its archaeological standards and guidelines, and to its requirements for professional staff development (CPD) and employment practices.
Key staff are full Members of the CIfA and individual membership, for all levels of staff, is positively encouraged through Suffolk Archaeology's payment of membership fees.
Suffolk Archaeology field staff all hold Construction Skills Certification Scheme cards and many also have First Aid Certificates or other safety cards such as the SPA / MPQC Mineral Products (Quarry) Safety Passport.
All staff undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, enabling us to work with school groups or on school sites.
We have detailed company policies and procedures governing all aspects of our work and working conditions which ensure we maintain the highest standards of service for our clients, our staff and our heritage and meet all relevant legislative requirements. These include an inhouse archaeological manual and a range of policies concerning Health and Safety, environmental protection and staff welfare.
We are committed to the development and training of our staff as our ability to consistently deliver and improve our service provision is dependent on the skills of our workforce. A record of continuous professional development (CPD) is kept for all staff members and opportunities for attendance on relevant training courses or at professional seminars and conferences are actively explored and encouraged so that Suffolk Archaeology is always in touch with the latest archaeological research and techniques.