Archaeology Wales provides a full range of field services, working on behalf clients to identify, assess and mitigate the impact of proposed developments on surviving archaeological remains. It is in no one’s interest to see archaeology turning up once a development has started, so our aim is always to deal with potential issues as early as possible in the planning process.
In cases where excavation is unavoidable, Archaeology Wales undertakes such work to the highest professional standards and within pre-arranged timescales. Each project is run by a dedicated Project Manager, whose job is to co-ordinate all aspects of the work from setup and health & safety, to reporting and archiving.
Where archaeological remains are known to exist, or a desk-based study indicates that they might be, the next step is usually to cut Evaluation Trenches across the proposed development area. Archaeology Wales is very experienced in this type of work and we have a strong reputation for the quality and thoroughness of our final reports.
If archaeology is believed to be present a local authority may request that a Watching Brief is undertaken as part of a development, either in addition to excavation or as an alternative to it. In such cases Archaeology Wales can supply archaeologists with considerable experience in working alongside groundworks contractors, thereby helping to ensure that all relevant planning conditions are met, but with the least possible disruption to work on site.