Fieldwork Services

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.

Watching Briefs


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.


Castle Courtyard, Swansea

Undertaken on behalf of Swansea Council and prior to regeneration and construction at the site, this excation and associated Building Survey revealed much about the medieval and later development of the courtyard area of the castle.

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Harlech Castle, Gwynedd

Excavations undertaken in advance of the construction of a new visitor centre for Cadw at Harlech Castle, Gwynedd, revealed the remains of a medieval chapal and associated burial ground, along with later masonry and timber buildings.

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Gatewen Colliery, Wrexham

This large excavation followed careful pre-planning evaluation and took place in advance of the construction of a new housing estate. The work focused on revealing and interpreting structures that formed part of the former Gatewen Colliery.


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.


Old School Close, Merthyr

In Georgetown, Merthyr, a former stables complex associated with Cyfarthfa ironworks was investigated as part of a program of assesment and mitigation, in partnership with Cosgrove Construction Ltd and Merthyr Tydfil Housing.


Town Centre, Flint

Evaluation and Excavation in Flint has exposed sections of the original, late 13th Century, town defences. The ditch was found to be up to 4 meters deep and at its base contained fills that built up soon after it was constructed.

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Imble Lane, Pembroke Doke

Bases for dismantled wireless masts used by a nearby RAF Radio Station during World War ll were investigated during evaluation trenching at Imble Lane, Pembroke Doke, prior to the development of the area for housing

Watching Briefs

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.

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Llanwnwr Farm, Pembrokshire

An archaeological watching brief was arried out during the conversion of a nineteenth century waterwheel building, and later pig sty, into holiday accommodation at Llanwnwr Farm near Goodwick, in the Pembrokshire Coast National Park.

Prestatyn Shopping Park, Denbighshire

An Archaeological watching brief was undertaken for Marshall (Building Contractors) Ltd to monitor disturbances to potentially important peat deposits during groundworks prior to the construction of a new retail park in Prestatyn, Denbigshire.

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Ebbw Vale Institute

The remains of a row of terraced houses (Prospect Place) in an excellent state of preservation was examined during groundworks to the rear of the Ebbw Vale Institute for Blaenau Gwent CBC prior to the construction of a new car park.

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