Specialist surveys such as standing building recording, rectified photographic recording, 3D EDM surveys, geophysics, metal-detector and topographic recording, and specialist analysis such as artefact studies, and environmental and palaeoenvironmental assessments, form an important part of the work undertaken by Archaeology Wales. We boast a wide range of in-house specialist skills, but also a comprehensive list of sub-contractors and individuals, which we call on when required.
Historic building recording is often made a condition of planning consent, particularly where a developer proposes to change the structure or appearance of a listed building. Archaeology Wales has a proven record of producing high quality reports for a wide range of different building types.
Because geophysical surveys are non-destructive they are often favoured by planning archaeologists as useful tools in assessing the potential of a site, particularly ‘green field’ developments. Archaeology Wales has several members of staff who are skilled in undertaking surveys of this type. For enhanced accuracy we use a ‘pair’ of Fluxgate Gradiometers, but we have access to other equipment if required.
Where important finds, groups of finds, or remains of environmental importance are discovered as a result of fieldwork investigations, a developer may be required to undertake specialist study or conservation before a planning condition is signed off. Archaeology Wales makes use of an extensive network of locally bases specialists in undertaking such work. This allows us to provide a cost-effective service that is targeted to specific local requirements.