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Archaeology

In the 1980s Worcester was the first Cathedral to employ a full-time Cathedral Archaeologist.

The Cathedral Archaeologist is responsible for carrying out excavations, building recording, photography, documentary research and report writing. The entire Cathedral Precinct is a scheduled monument and almost all the buildings within it are listed, including several at Grade I or II*; this requires the preparation of applications for Scheduled Monument Consent and the drawing-up of archaeological research designs for proposals which will affect below-ground deposits and/or historic fabric.

The Archaeology Department works closely with the other departments, especially the Works Department and the cathedral architect to ensure that the fabric of the building is recorded before the start of restoration work, with details of the main types of stone used and evidence of any previous repairs. Photographs are taken while work is in progress and on completion of each phase of restoration.

A Symposium is held each year (usually at the end of March) at which papers are given on different aspects of the history and archaeology of the Cathedral. These papers are then published as a report and have built up into a useful database on the archaeology of the Cathedral and its precinct. Copies of the reports are available from the Cathedral Archaeologist at £5.00 each, including UK postage and packing.