Fishbourne Conservation Framework

The present document, a research Framework, is the result of a series of consultations with researchers and members of the public about the future direction of archaeological research in the Fishbourne and Chichester areas of southern Britain. The results from our consultations have been collated, and period summaries, from the Palaeolithic to the Medieval, have been written by experts in these periods. These have attempted to assess the current state of our knowledge. These same experts have then identified key gaps in our knowledge which future projects, of whatever scale, need to address. Amassing knowledge and discovering new archaeological sites and deposits are, of course, of not much use if we cannot conserve them properly for future generations. So sections of this report are dedicated to analysing current conservation strategies and assessing their effectiveness. The report ends with an Executive Summary, prioritising research objectives.

This page lays out the first version of the Fishbourne Research and Conservation Framework (FRCF),  a project funded by Sussex Archaeological Society, Chichester District Council and English Heritage. The report has been broken into discrete Sections for ease of downloading.

This Framework, which focuses on quite a small area, is one which will complement a series of such Regional Research Frameworks that are being sponsored by English Heritage for each Government Region; eventually they will cover the whole of England. They are intended to be a directional guide for future research. It is therefore hoped that this modest document will be used intensively and repeatedly by archaeological curators, commercial archaeological units, policy makers and grantors in the area to ensure that future projects relate to common research aims, in which knowledge can be amplified by co-operation and synergy, and cost-effectiveness maximised.

Please note that this Framework will be updated approximately every five years. If you have views on any of the documents presented here do let me know at

Section Content
Cover Front cover
1-5 Introduction, aims and objectives, methodological statement, policy alignments, consultations
6-13 Period summaries:Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval
14-22 Gap analyses:Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, unpublished excavations
23-29 Environment, conservation, research, conclusion, executive summary
30-34 References, appendices, notes, acknowledgements, index