Services

THAMES VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SERVICES

Providing archaeological solutions for both planning and research

PROJECT TYPES

TVAS has experience in a wide range of project types including:

Desk-based assessments

Desk-based assessments

Desk-based assessments (DBA) may be required early on in the planning process to assess the archaeological potential of a site. This is a non-intrusive process based on research using existing records, historical and modern maps, publications, aerial photographs and other relevant resources. Our dedicated DBA team will collate and present this information as a report for the client.

Trial trenching and test pitting (Evaluation)

Trial trenching and test pitting (Evaluation)

Frequently required to inform a planning application or as a Planning Condition to determine the presence/absence, extent, condition, character, quality and date of any potential archaeological or paleoenvironmental deposits.

Geophysical surveys

Geophysical surveys

We have an in-house geophysical survey team equipped with two Bartington Grad601-2 magnetometers, including a geophysics cart. This gives us control over the timing of the survey rather than having to negotiate space in a busy subcontractor’s schedule. Our team are able to survey sites of all sizes and produce the appropriate report for our clients.

Open area excavations

Open area excavations

Our corporate and individual experience is extensive allowing us to undertake projects of all periods and site types. From 1 staff/day jobs to excavation areas covering several tens of hectares in extent. We are particularly attuned to the needs and working practices of mineral extraction operators.

Historic building recording

Historic building recording

Often carried out as a required Planning Condition, historic building recording is the measured archaeological recording of a historic building before demolition or alteration. Historic building recording is undertaken in accordance with Historic England’s guidance and criteria.

Watching Briefs

Watching Briefs

Usually specified as a Planning Condition to monitor groundworks on a site where there is potential for archaeological remains; our extensive corporate and individual experience allows us to work alongside developers and their contractors to ensure any archaeology is fully and efficiently recorded by an experienced fully qualified archaeologist.

Archaeological recording actions

Archaeological recording actions

Our corporate and individual experience is extensive allowing us to undertake projects of all periods and site types and sizes. From 1 staff/day jobs to excavation areas covering several tens of hectares in extent.

Fieldwalking surveys

Fieldwalking surveys

Our trained team of field archaeologists will systematically walk across open areas of preferably weathered fields and retrieve any artefacts seen on the surface or identified with a metal detector. These finds will be processed and catalogued to create distribution maps, where high densities of artefacts can be identified as ‘hotspots’. This can aid in more focused future investigations.

Earthwork Surveys (GPS)

Earthwork Surveys (GPS)

Our in-house real time GPS surveyors and equipment gives us the ultimate control and flexibility over when and where we can survey. This enables us to easily accommodate for busy subcontractor schedules.

LiDAR Assessments

LiDAR Assessments

The analysis of LiDAR data to review the archaeological potential of a site prior to any groundworks by our experienced in-house team.

Sampling for Archaeomagnetic dating

Sampling for Archaeomagnetic dating

TVAS is at the forefront of the latest archaeological fieldwork techniques, therefore, we offer our specialised sampling for archaeomagnetic dating. This method can be used to determine absolute dates for features such as in situ hearths, kilns and

We also provide several post-excavation services:

Interpretive poster/display board design

Interpretive poster/display board design

Our outreach and heritage team have extensive experience in creating engaging and visually appealing posters, displays and leaflets alongside hosting and organising open days/events.

Project write-up<br>

Project write-up

Being at the forefront of archaeological research, we believe in promptly producing high quality publications that place the findings of our fieldwork excavations in the latest academic research framework. Our fieldwork excavations are not merely data collection exercises presented as ‘grey literature’; instead they form the research for ground-breaking discoveries across archaeology in Britain.

Specialist reporting on flint, coins and bone

Specialist reporting on flint, coins and bone

Access to our in-house or subcontracted specialists who follow whatever guidance is available for their specialist studies.

TVAS has experience in a wide range of project types including:

Desk-based assessments

Desk-based assessments

Desk-based assessments (DBA) may be required early on in the planning process to assess the archaeological potential of a site. This is a non-intrusive process based on research using existing records, historical and modern maps, publications, aerial photographs and other relevant resources. Our dedicated DBA team will collate and present this information as a report for the client.

Trial trenching and test pitting (Evaluation)

Trial trenching and test pitting (Evaluation)

Frequently required to inform a planning application or as a Planning Condition to determine the presence/absence, extent, condition, character, quality and date of any potential archaeological or paleoenvironmental deposits.

Geophysical surveys

Geophysical surveys

We have an in-house geophysical survey team equipped with two Bartington Grad601-2 magnetometers, including a geophysics cart. This gives us control over the timing of the survey rather than having to negotiate space in a busy subcontractor’s schedule. Our team are able to survey sites of all sizes and produce the appropriate report for our clients.

Open area excavations

Open area excavations

Our corporate and individual experience is extensive allowing us to undertake projects of all periods and site types. From 1 staff/day jobs to excavation areas covering several tens of hectares in extent. We are particularly attuned to the needs and working practices of mineral extraction operators.

Historic building recording

Historic building recording

Often carried out as a required Planning Condition, historic building recording is the measured archaeological recording of a historic building before demolition or alteration. Historic building recording is undertaken in accordance with Historic England’s guidance and criteria.

Watching Briefs

Watching Briefs

Usually specified as a Planning Condition to monitor groundworks on a site where there is potential for archaeological remains; our extensive corporate and individual experience allows us to work alongside developers and their contractors to ensure any archaeology is fully and efficiently recorded by an experienced fully qualified archaeologist.

Archaeological recording actions

Archaeological recording actions

Our corporate and individual experience is extensive allowing us to undertake projects of all periods and site types and sizes. From 1 staff/day jobs to excavation areas covering several tens of hectares in extent.

Fieldwalking surveys

Fieldwalking surveys

Our trained team of field archaeologists will systematically walk across open areas of preferably weathered fields and retrieve any artefacts seen on the surface or identified with a metal detector. These artefacts range from struck flints to pottery. These finds will be processed and catalogued to create distribution maps, where high densities of artefacts can be identified as ‘hotspots’. This can aid in more focused future investigations.

Earthwork Surveys (GPS)

Earthwork Surveys (GPS)

Our in-house real time GPS surveyors and equipment gives us the ultimate control and flexibility over when and where we can survey. This enables us to easily accommodate for busy subcontractor schedules.

LiDAR Assessments

LiDAR Assessments

The analysis of LiDAR data to review the archaeological potential of a site prior to any groundworks by our experienced in-house team.

Sampling for Archaeomagnetic dating

Sampling for Archaeomagnetic dating

TVAS is at the forefront of the latest archaeological fieldwork techniques, therefore, we offer our specialised sampling for archaeomagnetic dating. This method can be used to determine absolute dates for features such as in situ hearths, kilns and

We also provide several post-excavation services:

Interpretive poster/display board design

Interpretive poster/display board design

Our outreach and heritage team have extensive experience in creating engaging and visually appealing posters, displays and leaflets alongside hosting and organising open days/events.

Project write-up

Project write-up

Being at the forefront of archaeological research, we believe in promptly producing high quality publications that place the findings of our fieldwork excavations in the latest academic research framework. Our fieldwork excavations are not merely data collection exercises presented as ‘grey literature’; instead they form the research for ground-breaking discoveries across archaeology in Britain.

Specialist reporting on flint, coins and bone

Specialist reporting on flint, coins and bone

Access to our in-house or subcontracted specialists who follow whatever guidance is available for their specialist studies.

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