Archaeological Site Investigations (and Excavation and Field Evaluations)
Our work can involve negotiations with the local planning authority on your behalf, desk-based research, or fieldwork specifically targeted to resolving the potential planning issues. Clients for our archaeological research and evaluation services for include commercial developers, land owners and government organisations.
We advise on the potential impact of development upon the archaeological resource and understand the demands of working to tight timescales and that cost and risk management are key considerations for our clients. So, we carefully ensure that our archaeological work is conducted in a safe and professional manner; without disruption to the construction of the project.
Archaeological Excavation is a programme of controlled, intrusive fieldwork with defined objectives which investigates, records and interprets archaeological deposits, features and structures within a specified site. This work complies with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and Historic England Codes of Conduct.
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.
Field Evaluation for a site involves works to the ground. These determine whether there is any presence of archaeological features, structures, deposits or artefacts. 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.
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