Surveys + Finds


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.

Building Recording
Geophysics, topographic + GIS surveys
Finds studies and post excavation analysis

Building Recording

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.

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Hebron Chapel, Clydach

A full internal and external Building Survey of the Hebron Chapel, Clydach, Swansea, which was undertaken as a condition of planning consent prior to conversion, facilitated the long term preservation of many elemnet of the original building.

Llanelly House, Llanelli

Detailed internal and external Building Surveys, and a subsequent watching brief, took place as part of a grant aided scheme managed by the Carmarthenshire Heritage Regeneration Trust to restore this magnificent Georgian town house.

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Cyfarthfa Leat and Tramway

A program of detailed surveying, monitoring and investigation of the Cyfarthfa Leat and Tramway, a nationally important historic monument, was carried out for Merthyr Tydfil Council in advance of, and during, restoration works at the site.


Geophysics, topographic + GIS surveys

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.

Ffordd Penrhos, Bangor

A thorough geophysical survey undertaken at Ffordd Penrhos, Bangor, in advance of housing development, assessed the potential for buried archaeological remains and consequently reduced the need for further intrusive investigations.

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Crugmore Farm, Penparc

A geophysical survey of land at Crugmore Farm, Penparc, Ceredigion was carried out as part of a planning condition imposed by Ceredigion County Council prior to the construction of a solar power farm.

Feidr Eglwys, Newport

Pre-development survey work at Feidr Eglys, Newport, Pembrokeshire, formed part of a series of investigations designed to better understand a unique block of undeveloped land located near the church in the centre of town.


Finds studies and post-excavation analysis

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.

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Old School Close, Merthyr Tydfil

A specialist examination was conducted of fragments from Bessemer steel making equipment recovered during an archaeological excavation on the site of a former stables complex associated with Cyfarthfa ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil.

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Tintern Abbey

Archaeology Wales took part in a Cadw funded project that involved the cataloguing, re-boxing and re-housing of a variety of medieval and post-medieval finds assemblages that had been previously stored at Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire.

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Caer Odyn, Rhydypennau

Specialist examination of finds from an Early Neolithic pit excavated at Caer Odyn, Rhydypennau, Ceredigion, revealed structured deposits that included a fragment of a polished axe, pottery and cremated human bone.

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