Before development begins, it is possible that archaeological excavation will be required by the local planning authority to discharge a planning condition. Members of the Wardell Armstrong team are trained to work in confined spaces, as well as in health and safety policy, and this enables excavations to be carried out in very challenging circumstances.
The extensive experience of day to day running of archaeological excavations means that you can be provided with sound advice on how to dovetail archaeological investigation with ongoing construction and demolition works.
This means that you can avoid costly delays in their development programmes and can meet crucial deadlines whilst at the same time discharging their planning condition.
Wardell Armstrong provides a full suite of on-site evaluation techniques – all of which can inform about buried archaeological remains within a proposed development site:
- Geophysical survey
- Peat coring
- Test pitting
- Trial trenching.
On-site evaluations of all types and sizes can be undertaken, from small rural developments to complex, deeply stratified urban developments.
The results of archaeological evaluations can provide clients with information on any further archaeological investigations which may be needed before development begins, in order to discharge a planning condition. Options are available to enable risk and cost management, which the presence of archaeological remains can pose during the development process.
We can also use the results of evaluation to help developers in the formation of masterplans by giving them the option of designing out areas of high archaeological potential
Many scenarios from home extensions to large housing developments could occur where archaeological monitoring of associated groundworks may be required as part of planning consent by the local planning authority.
Should significant archaeological remains be uncovered during a watching brief which require a higher level of archaeological recording, a rapid and cost-effective response can be initiated.
Archaeological watching briefs have been provided for over a decade, for clients ranging from private individuals and utility companies, to multi-national organisations.
Wardell Armstrong’s dedicated archaeological experts provide high quality services to planners, developers and other contractors. Post-excavation and publication reporting and all finds and environmental analysis capabilities, as well as illustrations and mapping, are available. Post-excavation services can assist in the completion of planning-led, development-initiated and research-based projects. This service is also offered to other archaeological contracts requiring specialist advice.
Developers and other clients benefit from strict adherence to archive procedures, which ensures that planning conditions are met in full – enabling development projects to proceed as quickly as possible. All post-excavation processing, analysis and reporting is undertaken in-house and in a controlled environment. This level of control enables post-excavation processes to be co-ordinated and managed efficiently, saving time and money for clients and guaranteeing quality of output.
The post-excavation specialist team has excellent working relationships with a range of planners, engineers, architects, archaeologists and heritage managers.
Environmental archaeology is the study of ecofactual remains and how they were altered through, or altered, human agency. Specific questions can be asked of the material to allow us to put the senses back into the past.
The main specialisms offered are zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, molluscs, charcoal, wood, pollen and insects, as well as processing environmental samples. All can be reported on to assessment, analysis and publication levels.
We also undertake site visits for taking more specialist samples, such as monoliths. Our network of external archaeological science specialists means Wardell Armstrong can offer a co-ordinated service on all your palaeoenvironmental requirements which includes consultation on absolute dating methods.
Predictive modelling has proved to be very effective at reducing the need for more costly traditional trenching approaches to archaeological evaluation and ultimately informing the scope of mitigation works.
The analysis and assimilation of existing, readily available data sets has the potential to highlight and target potential archaeological features, expedite the archaeological process and greatly reduce substantial delays to the construction programme at a later date. This type of work is particularly pertinent to greenfield sites but can, if the geotechnical data is available, be applied to urban areas.