Our extensive range of services associated with development control work and research, includes the following:

  • Community Archaeology & Research – We have championed a wide range of community-based archaeological projects over 15 years in the north-east region and abroad. Our team specialises in producing Historic Village Atlases and work closely with local history & archaeology groups to write bids for and carry out multi-disciplinary projects. In-depth research on a specific aspect of cultural heritage may be undertaken at the request of Historic England, Local Authorities, National Parks or AONBs. Work may also be undertaken in association with academic institutions such as university archaeological departments. Further information >
  • Desk-Based Assessment (DBA) – We prepare archaeological assessments on behalf of developers as part of the planning process to determine the likelihood that any remains of archaeological significance exist within a given area, or to assess the significance of remains already known to be there. Our DBAs incorporate an audit of historical landscape components and present a synthesis of the overall chronology of the defined area. We identify cultural heritage constraints within the proposed development area and make recommendations regarding the work required to mitigate the scheme’s impact. Further information >
  • Archaeological Evaluation – An archaeological evaluation consists of either trial trenching, topographic or geophysical survey, conducted to inform a proposal for development. Previous documentary work, such as a desk top assessment, provides contextual information regarding the archaeological and historical development of the area. The trenching is devised to determine the precise impact of the proposed scheme on known cultural heritage. Further information >
  • Watching Brief – An archaeological watching brief is usually required if ground disturbance is to take place in an area previously highlighted as an area of potential archaeological significance by a desk based assessment. A watching brief is the monitoring of groundworks as part of a mitigation exercise to record any features or finds of cultural heritage significance that may be revealed with limited disruption. Further information >
  • Historic Building Recording – A building recording may need to be undertaken if a building, considered of archaeological or historical importance is to be demolished or altered. This may for example, include a photographic record or elevation drawings along with detailed descriptions of the building’s fabric and chronological phasing. Further information >
  • Geophysical Survey – Geophysics is used to create maps of subsurface archaeological features, most commonly through the use of magnetometers, electrical resistance meters and ground-penetrating radar. Geophysical instruments can detect buried features, such as walls and ditches, when their electrical or magnetic properties contrast measurably with their surroundings. Survey results can be used to guide excavation and to give archaeologists insight into the patterning of non-excavated parts of the site. Further information >
  • Design & Illustration – We provide professional illustration work for all our projects and in association with independent authors writing within the heritage sector. Whether it’s digitizing technical plans of archaeological remains or historic buildings for a report, or for illustrating interpretive maps and artistic reconstructions for publication – in books, journals, panels, designing websites and other interactive media, we can illustrate it! Further information >
  • The Planning Process – Advice on how to deal with archaeological constraints and planning conditions by assessing, evaluating and mitigating archaeological and wider cultural heritage issues involved in a development project. We work closely with Local Authority Planning Departments and clients in order to provide the best solution to cultural heritage planning issues. Further information >