Fieldwork Services

Ensuring the highest quality evidence and recording is undertaken in the field is vital to understanding archaeology and heritage, no matter whether it is undertaken as part of a planning-led, research-led or community project. Identifying the extent of archaeological features through field survey, testing the survival of remains through evaluation, or conducting excavation and monitoring as part of a mitigation strategy are all vital to good management of cultural heritage and Solstice offer a variety of fieldwork services to meet the needs of all projects.

Please use the tabs below right to explore our archaeological fieldwork services or click here to explore our historic buildings services:

  • Fieldwork Management
  • Evaluation
  • Excavation
  • Watching Briefs
  • Landscape Survey

By engaging Solstice you not only get bespoke and independent project consultancy, you also buy into substantial experience and technical knowledge of sourcing and managing archaeological fieldwork on all scales. Solstice can provide overall coordination of all phases of fieldwork as well as dedicated project management to ensure that the high standards delivered through the early phases of a project are continued by the involvement of a network of trusted sub-contractors.

A key part of understanding the potential archaeological impact of a development project is often to carry out limited targeted excavation work. Termed 'evaluation', this work often comprises small trenches targeting specific areas or features that have been identified during preceding desk-based or non-invasive survey. Evaluation trenching is usually the final stage of archaeological work required to support a planning application and the findings from this phase are usually critical in determining the requirement for, and scale of, post-permission mitigation. 

Excavation covers any piece of work where a trench, or a number of trenches, is opened over a specific target in order to allow the full investigation and recording of any remains. In relation to planning-led archaeology it is usually employed as part of mitigation works. 

A common form of archaeological mitigation is a watching brief on groundworks. This will normally be undertaken where there is deemed to be a risk of archaeological remains being affected by a development, and if encountered such remains can be recorded rapidly to allow work to continue. Solstice have extensive experience in providing this form of fieldwork and can deliver both fieldwork to a timescale which does not impact the development programme, and post-fieldwork reporting rapidly and to the high standards often required by local authorities.

Survey of archaeological remains can take many forms and satisfy the requirements for rapid information gathering common on many projects, whether they be a part of the planning process or for a research or community investigation. Solstice provide survey capabilities on both a landscape- and site specific-scale including supporting moorland surveys, farm surveys in advance of Environmental Stewardship, bespoke earthwork surveys of historic sites or any combination of these techniques. Surveys are undertaken rapidly and can be an invaluable first step in the identification of extant archaeological and historic remains.