About Berkshire Archaeology

Berkshire Archaeology is an archaeological advice service for Windsor and Maidenhead, Reading, Bracknell Forest, Slough and Wokingham. It was established in 2004 as part of Reading Borough Council's Museum service, and offers a range of services to make sure the rich archaeology of our area is recorded, preserved and managed for everyone to enjoy.

East Berkshire Historic Landscape Characterisation

We are pleased to announce that our Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) project, funded by Historic England and covering all five authorities, has recently been completed. You can download a summary of the project here:

The project report for the East Berkshire HLC will shortly be available for download via the Archaeology Data Service

The full dataset is now incorporated into the Berkshire Historic Environment Record and is available for consultation by emailing the HER Officer

Archaeology in 2019

Our 2019 newsletter, with information on sites and finds from across our area, is now available to download. Please scroll down, or if you would like a printed copy, email us. Previous newsletters are also available below:

Historic Environment Record

We manage the Berkshire Archaeology Historic Environment Record (known as the HER), a database of archaeological sites and finds in our five boroughs. Ranging from the oldest Stone Age tools and prehistoric settlements, through medieval villages and farms, to World War II remains and modern structures, our records reflect many decades of research and archaeological investigation

Consulting the HER

The Historic Environment Record can be consulted online via the Heritage Gateway

You can also contact Berkshire Archaeology direct to make an appointment to view the HER

Tel: 0118 937 5976

NB. Historic Environment services for West Berkshire are provided by West Berkshire Council - please see their website for details

Open House

Every Thursday, you can drop in to consult the HER at the Berkshire Record Office, between 12 noon and 4pm. If there is specific information you would like to view, please let us know beforehand and we can make sure everything is available for your visit

How to find us

We are based at the Berkshire Record Office, close to the centre of Reading:

Berkshire Archaeology, Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF

Protecting and conserving archaeology

We advise our local authority clients on how the archaeology in their borough can be looked after. Archaeological remains are fragile and particularly at risk of damage from building works; once gone, they are irreplaceable. National and local planning policies require developers to take measures to protect and/or record archaeology surviving on construction sites. Berkshire Archaeology's role is to advise on planning policy and also individual development proposals, to make sure the impact of development on archaeology can be mitigated, and that fieldwork programmes are carried out to the highest standard

Previous finds

See earlier editions of the Berkshire Archaeology newsletter for other exciting finds