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Humber field archaeology

We provide a professional archaeological consultancy and integrated archaeological service on a commercial basis. We support of all kinds of proposed developments, grant funded research and community based projects. We operate principally in the East Riding, Hull and North Lincolnshire, though we have carried out work in the surrounding areas of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, and work in these and other areas is always considered.

We offer expertise in the following areas -

Desk-based environmental impact assessments
We have considerable expertise in the research and compilation of reports which present and interpret the cultural heritage resource of a site or area and assess the impact of proposed developments. These may be residential or commercial developments, transport or infrastructure works or be related to power supply and generation.

Geophysical survey
We commission, manage and interpret geophysical surveys on behalf of clients. Such surveys are often required as part of a staged programme of archaeological work required to satisfy planning conditions.

Field survey and building recording
We undertake non-destructive specialist site surveys including detailed earthwork surveys, fieldwalking and metal-detection, as well as photographic surveys. Our staff also have expertise in the survey and recording of standing buildings and other structures.

Historical Audits and Research
We have been involved in commissioning and undertaking the gathering of historical information pertaining to standing structures, including surviving relics of the industrial past. The resulting reports can provide assessments of the historic importance of these structures and discuss aspects of their preservation. Research has also been undertaken to provide material for public display panels and publications.

We can undertake any excavation work, from small-scale trial excavations, which may be part of a staged programme of archaeological work required to satisfy planning conditions, through to more extensive detailed excavation necessary to provide "preservation by record" where the destruction of archaeological remains through development is unavoidable.

With over 24 years' experience of undertaking excavation in the region, our field team is one of the most experienced in the area. We have excavated a wide range of sites in rural and urban situations, with archaeological discoveries ranging in date from early prehistoric settlements through to WW1 military fortifications.

Watching Briefs
Construction on a development site may require below-ground works to be subject to a programme of monitoring and recording (a 'watching brief'). Such work will in most circumstances fit in around the developer's timetable and should not cause undue delay, unless otherwise agreed.

We offer a fast and efficient service throughout the region, at competitive rates.

Finds Research
Our in-house staff offer a variety of specialist areas of competence in artefact assessment and analysis, which can be supplemented by an extensive network of sub-contracted external specialists. We can also offer advice or practical expertise in the fields of finds storage, archive and curation.

Post-excavation Analysis and Publication
Our staff have set a high standard of archaeological publication for the projects with which we have been involved over the last two decades. In addition to producing a number of major monographs, we have contributed regularly to regional and national journals, and to international symposia. We have also produced a number of more popular booklets and leaflets.

Project Management
We have a proven track record in the management of archaeological projects at all stages through from initial planning through to publication, operating in line with the guidelines of English Heritage and organisations such as the Institute of Field Archaeologists. On behalf of clients we can produce written schemes of investigation, method statements or project designs, and submit scheduled monument applications, provide interim and full reports on the results of fieldwork and - when work is required in fulfilment of a planning condition - generally aid the efficient and cost-effective execution of any work required to satisfy the planning requirements.

As well as managing numerous small projects of relatively short duration, we are currently running the post-excavation programmes for several large nationally important archaeological projects, on behalf of English Heritage and major development companies, including a major Saxon settlement site at Flixborough in North Lincolnshire, the Augustinian Friary site in Kingston upon Hull, and excavations at Kingswood, Hull's newest suburb.


Humber Field Archaeology
The Old School
Northumberland Avenue

Tel: 01482 613 191

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