Archaeological Excavation

The excavation of sites is the most visible and engaging aspect of an archaeologist’s work, but it generally only takes place after all other options have been considered. Archaeological excavation produces a wealth of information and material of critical importance for the understanding and preservation of Ireland’s past, but for the developer it can be both costly and time-consuming. Archaeology Plan can explore a range of alternatives to excavation with both the client and statutory authorities, include modifying the design of the development to avoid impact.

When excavation does take have to take place, Archaeology Plan ensures that delays and costs will be minimised through efficient management of the project. We take pride in providing only fully qualified, experienced and licensed personnel to manage the recording and excavation of archaeological features and deposits in advance of development. A professional team of experienced supervisors and archaeological site assistants ensures that all excavation will be undertaken in the most effective manner, within agreed timescales and budgets. Upon completion of any site works, full post-excavation costs will be agreed with the client in advance and reports will be produced that comply with the statutory requirements.

Archaeological excavation involves the careful identification, scientific recording and removal of all archaeological material from the area of impact of a development, aiming to preserve this part of the archaeological resource through the creation of a detailed record of what was found. All material recovered is assessed, analysed and if necessary conserved, and all artefacts and records are eventually deposited with the National Museum. Results are presented in a thorough report, and all significant findings are published. A Method Statement for this whole process is agreed in advance with the Statutory Authorities, and all works are governed by a specific license issued to a qualified archaeologist by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

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