Paul Belford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The aim of the EAA Community for Urban Archaeology is to provide a platform for urban archaeological heritage management. Archaeological remains within dynamic urban contexts are under pressure. The economic and time pressures of large-scale developments, combined with the high cost of preserving these remains, mean that archaeological preservation in-situ or ex-situ is often difficult. This is a pan-European problem. The goal of the community for urban archaeology is to improve the interests of urban archaeology. Therefore the community will find ways of enabling urban archaeologists from all over Europe to inspire and learn from each other how to manage the different problems and challenges urban archaeologists have to face. We will also consider how we can influence the non-archaeological community to understand the significance of urban archaeology, to keep archaeological remains in situ and even make use of these remains to improve new developments. This can be done by for example publishing best practice and by establishing regional or issue-specific working groups.