DEFRA has announced that the tax on aggregates extraction, (the ALSF and Marine ALSF) which has been a major source of funding for archaeological research in the UK for the last 10 yearswill no longer be released for funding. Despite an independent assessment which found the output of the ALSF to be of good value and significance, the widespread cuts that have already hit heritage and archaeology hard have been further extended.
A significant body of research has developed which has incorporated expertise from industry, academia and private consultancies.
Especially for marine & maritime archaeology, of international significance, much of the output represents best-practice for archaeological investigations of submerged landscapes and wreck sites. The archaeological resource is archived by the ADS.