South Yorkshire Archaeology Service

We are archaeological advisors to the Councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, but we also offer advice to a wide range of other land managers, as well as developers.

When archaeological remains are to be affected by development, we will advise on what steps need to be taken to protect them. Our recommendations reflect the importance of the archaeological resource. Where important remains exist, we will seek preservation – leaving the archaeology intact for future generations to enjoy. Where less significant remains are present, we will advise on recording strategies – so that we gain an understanding of the remains before they are lost.

The information gathered will be added to the Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) for South Yorkshire, which we maintain. This holds information on the known archaeological sites and finds in South Yorkshire. We have a database that makes our information searchable by site type, e.g. hillfort, or date, e.g. medieval, or by a specific location, e.g. parish. This digital information can now be searched online via the Heritage Gateway. The SMR also holds copies of reports on excavation and recording work carried out since about 1990, often by commercial units. More recent reports may be available digitally via the ADS Grey Literature Library. For detailed enquiries that cannot be answered by these online resources, you can make an appointment to consult the SMR in person.

SYAS also promotes public understanding and appreciation of the historic environment. Each year we hold an Archaeology Day – a series of talks presenting the results of recent archaeological fieldwork and research in South Yorkshire. We also produce ‘Archaeology in South Yorkshire’, a regular round-up of recent fieldwork and research; our last publication ‘Archaeology in South Yorkshire no.14’ covered the years 2007-9.