Contour Geophysics
Contour Geophysics

Archaeological Services

We are here to help clear any Archaeological Planning Conditions. Below are the main techniques which may be required on your project: 

Desk-based Assessments


A desk-based assessment might be required as a first stage in the process of site evaluation. It involves the collation of existing information relating to a particular site. This allows an assessment of archaeological potential and provides guidance on the likely effectiveness of other types of evaluation such as trial trenching or geophysical survey.

Watching Briefs


In certain circumstances, a local planning authority will require that an archaeologist is present during developmental groundwork (excavations for foundations, services etc.), to ensure that any remains exposed are appropriately investigated and recorded.

Trial Trench Evaluation


Trial trench evaluations provide direct information on the type of remains which might be encountered on a particular site.

Schemes of trial trenching usually commence with the machine excavation (commonly within linear trenches) of topsoil/ploughsoil and any other material regarded as overburden. Any significant remains (pits, ditches, postholes etc.) exposed in the trench will be investigated by hand excavation and recorded.

Historic Building Recording


Proposed alterations to an historic building or buildings may prompt a requirement from a local planning authority, for a programme of Historic Building Recording. The application of archaeological methods to the study of historic buildings can reveal significant evidence relating to past use and development over time.



Whilst we will work with you to reduce or remove any requirements for archaeological works, where significant archaeological remains have been identified by evaluation there may be a requirement to undertake mitigation by excavation. This will consist of the removal of topsoil and subsoil, exposing any archaeological features. Based on the agreed strategy these features will be sectioned and recorded clearing the area of any further archaeological work.

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Contour Geophysics

14 Queensway





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