The union unveiled the document at the Institute of Field Archaeologists conference, taking place at the University of Bangor, and is asking all the main political parties to sign up to it.
The seven-point manifesto outlines many of the challenges facing the archaeology industry and calls for:
- a review of the current planning guidance to ensure that developers cannot shortcut the planning process and archaeological work undertaken is of the highest quality
- an appropriate authority to register archaeological organisations and monitor all stages of work
- legislation requiring all archaeological contractors to register with this authority and produce draft contracts and policy statements regarding health and safety and equal opportunities
- evidence that contractors observe standards set by an industry-wide collective bargaining process or pay review body and ensure salaries and conditions are commensurate with other graduate professions, such as civil engineers and planning officers
- a reduction in the use of fixed term appointments
- government bodies to support and fund the work being done by the organisations responsible for archaeology
- a cross-departmental government co-ordinating committee to ensure consistent approach to archaeology.
Prospect represents archaeologists working in: AOC, Bath, Clwyd and Powys, National Trust, CADW, Canterbury, Cumbria, Dyfed, English Heritage/RCHME, Gwent, Gwynedd, Hertfordshire, Historic Scotland, Lancaster, Lincoln, Museum of London, Oxford, Pre-Construct Archaeology, Scottish Urban, Wessex and York.
The All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group report on the state of British archaeology can be downloaded from their website.