Tag 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 […]

Strategic land acquisition – consider heritage assets: part 1

Heritage assets and strategic land acquisition

The benefits of a proactive approach to heritage and archaeology With the enormous pressures we are facing in 21st century Britain to meet the housing demands of an increased and continually expanding population, identification of sites suitable to fulfil local housing needs is an urgent task. Strategic land managers throughout the country are busily engaged […]

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 […]

Predictive deposit modelling – an introduction

Predictive deposit modelling from borehole evaluation

How a borehole evaluation can enable a predictive deposit model to be produced From the results of a borehole evaluation, a predictive deposit model can be prepared which will illustrate the potential extent and depth of any archaeological or palaeo-environmental deposits present within a development site or alternatively demonstrate that later building activity, for example the construction of […]

Trial trenching pros and cons

Trial trenching pros and cons

The importance of early engagement with the the Local Planning Authority There are pros and cons attached to trial trenching as with any other archaeological evaluation technique. The pros are that from the developer’s perspective trial trenching can be a way of establishing the significance of any archaeological remains within the area of the scheme […]