Urban archaeological excavation for a development project

Archaeological Excavation

We work with our clients, and their consultants and contractors, to develop practical archaeological fieldwork strategies that ensure the best possible outcome in terms of safety, budget and programme. We have extensive experience in archaeological excavation and are proud to have developed the standard techniques for archaeological excavation and recording, employed across the sector.

Our field staff are highly experienced in integrating successfully with construction teams. On site communications and risk management are key to our approach.

Before embarking on any programme of archaeological fieldwork we produce a Written Scheme of Investigation; a technical document required by the Local Planning Authority which outlines the nature of the work required and how it interfaces with other work on site.

Our large multi-disciplinary team responds quickly and works flexibly to meet tight programme deadlines. We have an unparalleled track record in the excavation of deep, complex urban archaeology and are accomplished excavators of large open-area rural sites, employing a rapid strip, record and sample approach.

We have considerable expertise in the excavation of burials and cemetery sites, and employ a team of highly skilled osteologists. Ahead of burial excavation we arrange burial licences with the relevant statutory bodies. Our other in-house specialist teams include technical specialists in geoarchaeology, geophysical survey and geomatics, and an array of material and environmental specialists. This means we are able to deal with all archaeological situations rapidly.

Our archaeological supervisors hold Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Supervising Safely Certificates and/or have a Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) qualification.

Meet the Project Managers

The Project Managers at MOLA successfully deliver on some of the most challenging archaeological and built heritage projects across the UK. Experts in complex urban sites, large open-area rural sites and above-ground built heritage, our Project Managers understand the pressures of construction and adeptly manage programmes to meet time and budget constraints.

Archaeological project manager

Meet the Site Managers

The Site Managers at MOLA have extensive experience of excavation on construction sites and direct our onsite archaeological investigations. They work closely with our clients and other onsite contractors to ensure our archaeological work fits into the overall work programme and, where necessary, problem-solve as issues arise. 

MOLA archaeologist supervising excavation
  • Archaeologists from MOLA excavate St Barts Hospital

    St Barts Hospital Energy Centre

    MOLA heritage consultants advised on the heritage planning conditions and led archaeological excavation for the construction of St Bartholomew's Hospital.
  • Archaeological excavation on the Stanton Housing Scheme, Suffolk

    Stanton Housing Scheme, Suffolk

    Archaeological excavation for Abbey Homes at Stanton, a rural site in Suffolk, was completed in 2014.