Aerial Archaeology Research Group Backs Campaign

The Aerial Archaeology Research Group, has given its support for the Campaign to Save British Archaeology calling for a halt to the cultural vandalism that puts our shared heritage and Britain's world-class reputation for archaeological expertise at risk.

In a statement the group said,

"We as a group recognise the tremendous value of archaeology in Britain, both culturally and economically. Like many, we have been shocked and saddened by some of the recent decisions within the academic sector in the UK, especially as regards the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. These swingeing cuts to the sector, recognised as a shortage occupation in the UK at the moment, cannot be allowed to continue."

AARG holds annual meetings with topics about Aerial Archaeology, Archaeological Remote Sensing, Landscape Archaeology & Archaeological Heritage.

Director of the Campaign to Save British Archaeology, Chris Whitwood, said,

“It is fantastic to have the Aerial Archaeology Research Group join the growing number of academics, professional archaeologists and enthusiasts calling for a halt to the closure of university archaeology departments across the United Kingdom.

“The support of organisations such as the AARG demonstrates that the closure of university archaeology departments does not only have an impact on academic research and opportunities for students. It has a profound knock-on effect on the archaeology and heritage sector as a whole.”

Founded in 1983, the AARG is a community of heritage professionals, researchers, students and independent scholars dedicated to education, research and outreach initiatives involving the acquisition and application of data from airborne and spaceborne platforms. The organisation also provides opportunities for networking, mentorship, and exchanges of ideas on theories, methods and technologies related to aerial archaeology.