York is one of 5 cities that have been designated as an 'Area of Archaeological Importance' (AAI) under Part 2 of the 1979 Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act.
Map of archaeological areas
The map shows the 7 areas of archaeological importance in York:
- City centre area
- The Retreat
- Glen Road
Work in areas of archaeological importance
An operations notice must be completed and returned to the Design, Conservation and Sustainable Development team (free of charge) before any work can start in AAI, including:
- disturbance of ground
- tipping on the ground
- flooding of the ground
The notice will be validated and sent to the York Archaeological Trust (YAT) for a response.
YAT will decide whether:
- they have any interest in your intended work
- archaeological intervention is required
The scale of any potential archaeological work will depend on the level and nature of the intended works.
Areas of archaeological importance and the law
It's an offence to carry out work in an AAI without an operations notice or within 6 weeks of submitting the notice.
It's an offence to use a metal detector within an AAI.