Category Archives: Archaeology

Brownfield development and heritage assets – what it means for a developer

Brownfield development and heritage assets – advice for a developer

Heritage assessments and surveys Historic buildings within a brownfield site – whether they are being retained and re-used or are earmarked for demolition – can require a developer to undertake appropriate heritage assessment and survey prior to works commencing. It also follows that the larger and more significant the building is considered to be in […]

Archaeology and heritage – how positive PR can turn an inconvenience into a triumph for a developer

Archaeology and heritage

The role of developers as benefactors to the nation’s heritage, rather than its despoilers, should be clearly understood Otherwise entitled “Herein lies the opportunity for developers”, we asked Helen Martin-Bacon of Commercial Archaeology for a personal overview of her experiences of all things heritage and archaeological – and why a chance discovery can sometimes turn […]

The historic environment – choosing a good consultant (part 2)

Archaeological-services for construction developers

In this, the second part of “Choosing a good consultant” Commercial Archaeology’s Helen Martin-Bacon continues to highlight things that a developer should consider before searching for a Historic Environment Consultant. Qualities you should expect – part two The article is of course biased towards what I believe on a personal and professional level makes a good […]

The historic environment – choosing a good consultant (part 1)

Archaeological services - how to select them

There are a number of important points that a developer should consider with regard to commissioning archaeology and heritage consultants. Helen Martin-Bacon, of Commercial Archaeology in this first part of a two part article, guides clients through some of the pitfalls and demonstrates what to look out for… Qualities you should expect – part one […]

The archaeological watching brief – why it’s a double edged sword

Archaeological watching brief

The watching brief as part of the construction process A watching brief is defined by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) as a formal programme of observation and investigation conducted during any operation carried out for non-archaeological reasons. To clarify, this means that when groundwork is being undertaken as part of the actual construction process – for example, […]

How an archaeological watching brief can become expensive for a developer

Archaeological watching brief by Commercial Archaeology

Complex and significant archaeology can cause significant delays on site An archaeological watching brief can become a very expensive and time costly requirement for the developer. The Written Schemes of Investigation (WSIs) for watching briefs all contain a section which states that in the event of archaeological remains being uncovered which cannot be dealt with under the watching […]

Geophysical survey – 3 techniques used in archaeology

Geophysical survey most used techniques

The three survey methods principally used by archaeologists The geophysical methods used in archaeology have been largely adapted from those used in geological contexts, such as with mineral exploration. There are many forms of geophysical survey – but there are three which are principally used in archaeology. Magnetometry measures the magnetic field strength at particular locations at particular […]