Archaeology Services


Where do I find one of these services? Our qualified and experienced team are here to help:

Where do I find Archaeological Advice?    There are various options to deal with archaeological constraints and we advise clients on the best methods to take when considering the potential impact upon your proposed development.  If you need clarification on whether the requirements from the Council are reasonable – we can help.

Why do I need Archaeological Desktop Assessments?   These ascertain what records have been found in the area and identify the need and potential for further archaeological assessment on sites.  Sometimes this will rule out the need for further costly surveys and will be all that is required for your development.

1. Field and Site Services:
Archaeological Site Investigations (and Excavation and Field Evaluations)
Commercial developers, land owners and government organisations and many more benefit from our archaeological research and evaluation services.  We help clients negotiate with local planning authorities on their behalf, by providing them with desk-based research, or fieldwork specifically targeted to resolving their potential planning issues.

We’re here to advise on the potential impact your development may have on the archaeological resource.  We understand the demands of working to tight timescales and that cost and risk management are key considerations.  So, we carefully ensure that our archaeological work is conducted in a safe and professional manner; without disruption to the construction of your project.

What is Archaeological Excavation?   It’s a programme of controlled, intrusive fieldwork with defined objectives.  It investigates, records and interprets archaeological deposits, features and structures within a specified site.

The records made and objects gathered during fieldwork are studied and the results of that study published in detail appropriate to the project design. Archaeological excavation is often termed ‘preservation by record’ and is the final stage of mitigation for that site.

All archaeological excavations managed by Parker Planning Services will comply with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and Historic England Codes of Conduct.

Field Evaluation – What is it?  These determine whether there is any presence of archaeological features, structures, deposits or artefacts, and involves work to the sites ground.   If archaeological remains are found, the field evaluation defines what they are and their extent.  This then enables an assessment in relation to the significance of the find.

We always recommend that field evaluations are carried out before a planning application is submitted, but they are also sometimes dealt with post planning decision.

2.   Technical Services include:
Geophysical Survey. Trial Trenching. Digital Imaging. Laser Scanning.

We often compliment a Geophysical survey (which detects items below the surface) with field-walking and a metal detector survey to provide you with a detailed understanding of the archaeological potential of your site.  This enables a targeted and cost-effective approach to any intrusive investigations that could be required.

In some situations, Trail Trenching may be a more cost effective that a geophysical survey.  Get in touch, to discuss the best methods for your individual case.

A good geophysical survey informs decisions on the location, scale and necessity of any further, intrusive site investigation. We use the following methods:

  • Gradiometer (magnetometer) survey.  Often the most cost-effective method of non-intrusive investigation, enabling large areas to be covered quickly.
  • Resistivity (resistance) survey and ground penetrating radar (GPR).

Digital Imaging & Laser Scanning:  We provide the full range of digital imaging, including survey data, LiDAR and photogrammetry and recording relating to archaeology.

We provide:

  • maps, plans, sections and distribution plots of remains discovered during site investigations using GIS (Geographical Information System) – using survey data from fieldwork
  • floor plans, elevations or 3D visualisations (using Laser Scanning when needed) and photogrammetry – to create images of both archaeological remains and structures – using survey data from buildings.
  • RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) to analyse low relief objects,  alongside the use of traditional photography and hand illustration to depict artefacts

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