The project represents a valuable resource for the local community. Facilitating community involvement in researching and preserving historical sites not only increases local “ownership” and valuation of local cultural heritage, but can also provide a rare opportunity for professional apprenticeships for local youth.
The barriers to entry in the field of archaeology are high: to gain professional standing significant work experience is required. Yet very few opportunities exist for young people to participate on archaeological projects, especially in smaller urban centres.
There is an environmental policy for this project and sustainable practices are implemented wherever possible. These include addressing issues of resources, waste, water, energy, biodiversity, together with adhering to ‘leave no trace’ principles.
We are aware that many people travel to their project by air and recognise the impact of this on the environment. In an effort to minimise this, we have teamed up with an organisation that offsets emissions from your flights by funding renewable energy, energy efficient and forest restoration projects around the world.
As an environmental organisation we recognise that our day-to-day operations have an impact on the local, regional and global environment. We have an environmental policy which outlines our commitment to continuous improvements in our environmental performance. We have developed an Environmental Management System based on the guidelines and standards set out in ISO14001 and the Global Reporting Initiative, in order to measure our performance against agreed targets to deliver our environmental policy. These include: paper usage, recycling, responsible travel, carbon offsetting, green energy providers and many more environmental and social principles that form a continuous thread throughout our whole operations.
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