The excavation of a number of trial trenches, usually of a sample area specified by the local authority, expressed as a percentage of the total area of the particular site, to gain a far clearer understanding of archaeological potential, and most crucially, to characterise the nature and date of any surviving archaeological deposits and/or structures.
The full and detailed archaeological examination of either the total site, or of an extensive, continuous area within it. This gives a far more comprehensive ‘window’ into the archaeology, and often allows us to elucidate complex relationships and problems of dating that could not be resolved in any other way.
Watching Brief
A watching brief is usually implemented on sites where there is archaelogical potential, where instrusive groundworks such as exacavtion of foundation trenchs or landscaping may affect archaeological remains.  An archaeologist is employed by the developer to monitor groundworks and identify and record archaeological remains.  A watching brief may also be required during renovations of listed buildings.
Building Survey
Sometimes called vertical archaeology, since standing buildings of historic significance can, in many respects, be subjected to a similar level of analysis as below ground sites. The production of a careful photographic survey, detailed examination of the building fabric, and the taking of careful measurements for the production of series of plans and elevations, can reveal a great deal about the ways in which a particular structure has evolved through time, and may well bring to light previously unsuspected complexities. Historic building surveys are carried out according to strict guidelines laid down by English Heritage, in an ascending scale of ‘levels’ of intervention, depending on the detail required by the local authority.
We use a wide range of modern surveying techniques and equipment; including Digital Total Stations, GPS and UACs to deliver accurate site surveys, from detailed recording of archaeological features to large scale landscape survey. Survey data can be collated and presented for a wide range of uses and applications including CAD, GIS and publication quality graphics.