Environmental Impact Studies

In the context of integrated management of the territory, in urban or rural areas, and given the legal non-existence of Heritage Impact Studies, questions relating to archaeological and cultural heritage are legally framed within the scope of Environmental Impact Studies (EIS). 

Through the application of specific methodologies, it is possible to identify and evaluate the possible impact of enterprises (e.g. dams, roads, gas or electricity networks, plantations, etc.) on known or foreseeably existing heritage, so that measures can be subsequently programmed and applied to minimize the damages resulting from their implementation. 

ERA Arqueologia operates within the context of the different work phases inherent to the EIS, namely: 

     • Identification, characterization and registration of heritage elements; 

     • Evaluation of identified elements; 

     • Proposal of mitigation measures to be applied regarding the level of impact due to the implementation of the project in question and according to the evaluation attributed to each element. 

In the context of actions related to the application of impact mitigation measures, ERA acts in several ways: 

     • photographic records; 

     • detailed surveys; 

     • detailed investigation of known heritage; 

     • archaeological excavations; 

     • archaeological monitoring of works; 

     • adoption of specific safeguard measures for certain elements, etc. 

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