This approach also resulted in an incremental increase in quality, saving both time and expense, whilst ensuring that all works were completed to the full satisfaction of the local authority, satisfying the planning condition and allowing construction to proceed with minimal delay.
As part of the process the excavations were also opened to local residents and school children as part of a series of guided tours and open days, resulting in positive feedback and publicity, with PR opportunities for the client and the new development.
The commercial use of drones within archaeology is being pioneered by MOLA as part of the company’s commitment to utilise and further develop and technological advancements to add to efficiency and quality. They are proving particularly effective on large greenfield sites to survey larger areas quickly and more efficiently. MOLA is one of the few archaeological organisations in the UK that holds the requisite licences and permits from the Civil Aviation Authority to undertake such works commercially.
MOLA are grateful to Kier Living for funding the works and CgMs Consulting Ltd for overseeing them.