Archaeological Excavation

ExcavationArchaeological excavation usually takes place as the result of an imposed Planning Condition by a Local Authority.

An excavation usually occurs due the the detection of preserved archaeological remains during the evaluation process, or as the result of significant remains being uncovered during a Watching Brief and is used as a mitigation strategy to deal with the archaeological remains present before the development proceeds.

Usually, a mechanical excavator will remove the modern overburden from the investigation area under archaeological supervision. Once the archaeological remains are detected, the remainder will be excavated by hand and recorded. An excavation scheme will usually also require specialist analysis such as environmental sample analysis, pottery analysis etc. A client will be provided with a list of all specialists utilised by us in this process.

Excavation may also produce the need for publication (again usually a Planning Condition) which Vindomora Solutions Ltd undertake in-house.

Vindomora Solutions Ltd offer a full excavation and publication service, calling on a number of specialists (where required) to make sure the work is completed as soon as possible to the highest quality in order to inform the planning process.

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Pre-planning application (PRE-APP)

Archaeological Schemes
If you're at PRE-APP stage and have advice from your Local Authority that an archaeological project is required to inform your application, we can help.


Planning Condition

Archaeological Schemes
If you've applied for your planning application and have received archaeological conditions or pre-commencement conditions in your paperwork, please click below to see how we can help.


Scheduled Monuments
(SMC work)

Archaeological Schemes
Archaeological schemes of work are required when development takes place within the boundary of a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). Please click the button below to see how we can help.


Works to Listed Buildings

Historic Building Schemes
If you're working on a Listed Building, there's a good chance you'll need an archaeologist to record and/or research the building before works commence and possible monitor your scheme while its underway. Please click here to see what we can do to help.


Non-designated Heritage Assets

Historic Building Schemes
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) allows Local Authorities to designate buildings as non-designated heritage assets. If you're working on such a building, its likely you'll need an archaeologist to undertake a recording scheme.


Community or private works

Heritage Schemes
If you're a community group or charity looking for advice or to take part in (or set up) an archaeological project (or for any other archaeological works not planning-related), we can help.

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Archaeological Practice

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