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Although small-scale evaluation trenches may form the majority of excavations, there is sometimes the need for larger excavations to be undertaken. This is usually a final phase of mitigation, involving the total excavation of an area in advance of development, in a situation where there are no other viable management options. The presence of significant archaeological remains will normally have been identified during the assessment phase through small-scale trial trenching.

right: Early medieval lime kiln at Betws-yn-Rhos. © CPAT 2334-123

CPAT has considerable experience in undertaking the total excavation of sites from a variety of periods in history.

St Asaph

left: Excavations in the south transept of St Asaph Cathedral. © CPAT 1930-31

Most recently excavations have been completed on a Neolithic occupation site, which unexpectedly came to light while monitoring soil stripping in advance of a quarry extension. By working closely with the developer it was possible to complete the large-scale excavation without affecting the overall programme. At St Asaph Cathedral excavations were undertaken within both transepts in advance of the floors being re-laid. A number of graves were identified, as well as a brick-arched vault and medieval floor layers.

Our core staff have considerable experience in managing excavation projects and through close links with a number of specialists we are able to offer a full range of specialist services, including conservation, finds analysis, dating, and palaeoenvironmental analysis.

New radnor

right: A medieval building in New Radnor. © CPAT 1979-06

For further information and competitive quotations on any of our services contact:

Bob Silvester, Deputy Director and Head of Field Services
Direct line 01938 552035

Nigel Jones, Senior Project Archaeologist
Direct line 01938 552002

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