Revealing our Cultural Heritage
Our archaeology team has worked on complex archaeological issues across a number of remote locations and with the Scottish Government championing the protection, curation and engagement of its cultural heritage, it is an exciting time in this sector.
The tasks we undertake incorporate the full project cycle, from pre-planning through to excavation of archaeological sites. Desk-based analysis considers wide-ranging archaeological, historical, geotechnical and engineering sources to work out whether a site is likely to produce important and unexpected discoveries and, if so, what the impact will be on the project. This can lead to fieldwork including geophysical surveys and evaluation trenches to full-scale strip excavations. As our team is skilled in all these activities, our presence and involvement can reduce risk by controlling the scope of work of fieldwork subcontractors.
Connecting people to projects through the past
Road projects can be particularly interesting because they are often built across marginal areas of land that have remained undeveloped in more recent times. As a consequence, this lack of development preserves evidence from the past. Recovering important information during construction, about how our ancestors lived and survived, can be a major boost for these schemes. This allows a perfect platform for engagement of the public and provides an opportunity for some of our clients to demonstrate their commitment to Cultural Heritage.
We believe that the key aspect of archaeology on these types of schemes is the ability to engage and stimulate the public’s imagination and thereby create a connection with the project that helps smooth the construction process. We pride ourselves on applying our technical background expertise and integrity to preserve knowledge of archaeological remains for future generations in the best way possible.
Whether it is a flint-knapping site from 10,000 years ago in the Mesolithic, a 6,000-year-old Neolithic long house or a post-Medieval lime kiln, it is a privilege to see these types of site first hand. What our archaeologists do is share and disseminate the knowledge in a digestible manner, creating and engaging a link with the past which can sometimes bring to life the story of a prehistoric beaker or flint knife.
Well planned and performed archaeological engagement during site work can demonstrate that construction is not a destructive process but opens windows into our collective past.