Archaeology Advisory Service

West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service (WYAAS) provides two key services: Helping to Preserve West Yorkshire’s Heritage & Maintaining the Historic Environment Record.

Preserving our Heritage

WYAAS’ key role is to provide informed and authoritative advice and information to the Planning Authorities in West Yorkshire to help conserve the most significant heritage sites that are affected by development proposals.

Advice can also be provided on site management and interpretation.

To do this WYAAS holds and actively maintains the West Yorkshire Historic Environment Record.

Historic Environment Record (HER)

The HER is a publicly accessible record of West Yorkshire’s historic environment. It contains information on all known archaeological sites, historic buildings, find-spots and historic landscapes within West Yorkshire, ranging from finds of flint tools left by our ancestors 10,000 years ago to Cold War sites of the late 20th century.

Our records are regularly consulted by developers, members of the public, students, researchers, and a wide variety of archaeological organisations. Sources of information available within the HER include:

• Records of all designated sites in West Yorkshire

(scheduled ancient monuments, listed buildings, registered parks and gardens & cemeteries, battlefields and conservation areas)

• Reports of archaeological fieldwork conducted in West Yorkshire

• Historic mapping of the area

• Large aerial photography collection of archaeological sites

• Extensive archaeological reference library

We would always recommend that all researchers visit the HER in person, as we hold extensive amounts of un-digitised information. In addition to our visitor’s room in Wakefield, however, a version of the HER’s database can be searched online via the Heritage Gateway website.

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Research Agendas

Are you researching a particular aspect or period of West Yorkshire’s past?

Below is a selection of research agenda documents, written by historic environment specialists, which may help.

Palaeolithic & Mesolithic

The Later Prehistoric (Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age) 

Late Iron Age and Roman 

Post Roman to Conquest 

Industrial Archaeology 

Historic Buildings

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