A timber water tank dating to the late 18th century at Deptford royal dockyard (c) MOLA

Archaeological Fieldwork

MOLA has one of the most experienced and skilled archaeological fieldwork teams in the UK. Over the past 40 years we have developed archaeological fieldwork strategies that respond pragmatically to the pressures of development and construction. We employ professional archaeologists who operate safely, working closely with onsite contractors, becoming valued project team members.

Our capabilities range from major multi-site infrastructure schemes to small-scale watching briefs. With expertise in rural, urban and buildings archaeology, and specialist technical support teams, embracing geophysical survey, geomatics, aerial survey and geoarchaeology, we deliver projects efficiently and on-time.

Explore our archaeological fieldwork services with the links below or download our brochure.

  • Archaeological evaluation at Oxford Radcliffe Infirmary

    Archaeological Evaluation

    Our initial archaeological field testing provides information on the nature of archaeological remains.
  • Consturction on Holborn Viaduct

    Watching Brief

    Our watching briefs monitor the excavation of foundation and other groundworks by the construction team.
  • Urban archaeological excavation for a development project

    Archaeological Excavation

    We develop practical fieldwork strategies that ensure the best outcome in terms of safety, budget and programme.
  • MOLA geoarchaeologist conducting a borehole survey


    Our geoarchaeological expertise enables us to carry out targeted investigations of deeply buried archaeological sediments and soils.
  • Geomatics

    Our highly skilled geomatics team produces and interprets high-quality survey, spatial and location data.
  • Geophysical Survey

    We provide advanced ground-based sensing services that assess the potential for archaeological remains.
  • Historic Building Recording

    We undertake fieldwork for listed buildings, scheduled monuments, and for industrial and historic structures.
  • MOLA Hexacopter at Uffington Hillfort

    Aerial Survey

    We offer aerial survey using Small Unmanned Aircraft, approved and licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority.