Post-Excavation Analysis & Recording

What is Post-Excavation?

Post Excavation is the process of analysis, cataloguing and interpretation of all the artefactual, osteological, palaeoenvironmental and stratigraphic evidence collected during the relevant archaeological fieldwork.

Post excavation procedures bring a range of disparate scientific techniques, much evolved over the recent decades, to resolve questions such as date, form, function, and provenance of archaeological material. It should be noted that these types of works are always a required part of the archaeological reporting process mandatorily required by the LPA – rightly so as they provide an invaluable counterpoint to and understanding of the work undertaken in site investigations.

All such works are consistent with professional standards such as those published by Historic England and the respective scientific specialisms.

Our in -house Finds Specialists and Conservators are able to process assemblages efficiently and report on results, whether dealing with small watching briefs or large multiperiod sites. Assemblages of finds in excess of 50,000 items and sometimes twice that are not uncommon.

Our Specialists have expertise in human osteology, archaeozoology, small finds, medieval/post-medieval pottery, glass and a number of smaller artefact classes. We also engage with leading external specialists who are on-hand to analyse any additional materials.

Each specialist function will produce a specific site-related report (where appropriate) to support the general interpretations & conclusion of the site investigation.

What Happens Next?

Post-Excavation results go forward to final report compilation in readiness for submission to the Planning Authority and will form part of the Site Archive Deposition.

Meet some of our Post-Excavation Team

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