Early consultation is critical for all development projects. You need to be aware at an early stage if archaeological or heritage issues need to be considered. We understand the potential impacts archaeology can have on your construction timetable and budget. We will guide you through the relevant planning policies, and give you expert advice at all stages of your project. We will develop the most suitable approach, tailored to your own particular needs. We also put together applications for consent for works to Listed Buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
The collation of information from a variety of sources is usually the first stage of an archaeological investigation.
Archaeological evaluation is a method of testing the potential archaeology of an area, whilst causing minimum disturbance to the deposits. You may be required to evaluate your site before planning consent is given. There are several evaluation techniques:
A mitigation strategy may be required if archaeological deposits have been discovered during evaluation works:
Digital spatial data now forms an integral part of almost every archaeological project. Our Geomatics team use digital data techniques to capture, store and interpret data for a wide range of projects. We use GIS, GPS, laser scanning and Total Station equipment for data capture, and to produce interpretative site plans, topographical surveys, 3D models and landscape character zones.
Historic buildings are key element of our built environment. The recording and analysis of historic buidlings often requires input from a variety of specialists.
We offer a suite of landscape approaches and analytical techniques:
Our York office has one of the largest conservation laboratories in the UK, and we conserve objects from around the world. Our facilities also incorporate the York Archaeological Wood Centre, a specially developed centre for the study, recording and conservation of waterlogged organic material; we have a suite of tanks and freeze-dryers capable of handling items up to 4m in length. Many of the items we conserve are destined for display in national museums. We work with a wide range of in-house and external specialist to analysis and research artefact types of all periods.
We help local groups to set up their own archaeology or heritage projects. We can provide advice and help with funding applications and help people to design exciting and interesting projects within a framework of best professional practice.
Public appreciation for archaeological discoveries is continually increasing. From a simple interpretation panel, to the design of a heritage trail, audio tour, exhibition or oral history book, we can make sure that the heritage value of your site is maximised, giving you great PR opportunities and providing a real public benefit. We have in-house publication facilities, and produce academic papers, monographs, popular books and pamphlets to disseminate the results of your project.