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Archaeological Fieldwork

We combine modern business methods, academic rigour and the latest technology to unearth the past and secure future development.

Watching Brief/Archaeological Observation

Watching Brief/Archaeological Observation

We regularly monitor engineering and construction ground works in designated areas to record archaeology in compliance with planning requirements.

Archaeological Walkover Survey

Archaeological Walkover Survey

Prior to groundworks, our experienced researchers often carry out a visual non-invasive survey on site to identify any surface archaeology.

Correlating our observations with features shown on old maps and aerial photography etc. (or within historic documents), as well as identifying any previously unrecorded archaeology, our researchers will record features using GPS and locate them on a  GIS based survey map.

Geophysics

Geophysics

These non-intrusive surveys, including magnetometry, soil resistivity and ground penetrating radar, can assist in the identification of heritage constraints.

This is often used to inform evaluation trench location to ensure targeted and cost-saving investigation.

Archaeological Field Evaluation/Trial Trenching

Archaeological Field Evaluation/Trial Trenching

We take a measured approach to archaeological field evaluation and will mitigate on behalf of our clients to reduce cost and delay.

This may include a geophysical survey, test pits or trial trenches.

Clients appreciate the combination of our academic rigour with our business focus.

 Archaeological Strip, Map and Record

Archaeological Strip, Map and Record

Often used in connection with large-scale development, this method comprises topsoil removal under archaeological observation to reveal underlying features.

Archaeology is then planned, typically using Total Station equipment or survey grade GPS in conjunction with GIS Mapping prior to a specified level of excavation.

Archaeological Excavation

Archaeological Excavation

Combining traditional methods with cutting edge technology, our experienced archaeologists work hard to produce robust results discharging planning conditions on time and on budget.

Historic / Standing Building Recording

Historic / Standing Building Recording

Is your development likely to affect the fabric of a historic building?

Our experienced team use traditional methods and modern technology to document its development over time.

Recording structural detail and architectural phasing, we work to specified levels, rapidly producing a robust and accessible report to discharge the planning condition.

Depending on the level of required analysis, the record may integrate written and photographic records with drawings and photogrammetry, combined with historical documentary research.

Archaeological Survey & GIS Mapping

Archaeological Survey & GIS Mapping

Where does archaeology impact my development?

 Our up to the minute recording systems capture electronic data to rapidly generate maps and plans with pinpoint accuracy.

Equipped with Total Station Theodolite and Survey Grade Global Positioning System (GPS) integrated with photogrammetric recording, our experienced survey team record co-ordinate data to produce fully georeferenced plans of sites, trenches and archaeological finds, as well as clear illustrations and maps to aid presentation and analysis.

We use compatible file formats for rapid transfer of information.

Complete In-House Post-Excavation Facility

Complete In-House Post-Excavation Facility

Our fully equipped in-house post-ex facility ensures appropriate detailed processing of site samples and finds.  

Palaeoenvironmental Sciences

Complete scientific assessment and analysis of plant, insect and animal remains to characterise the local environment at the time of occupation. 

Osteoarchaeology

Analysis of human and animal bones from archaeological sites to ascertain diet, pathology, trauma and age.

Pottery Analysis 

Examination of pottery from all periods to establish date and status of a site and patterns of economic and social interaction.

Geoarchaeology

Geoarchaeology

We undertake geoarchaeological investigation to determine the depth of soils and archaeological deposits formed gradually over time.

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