Archaeological research is increasingly combined with environmental and geophysical surveys and UXO detection. This is because it is not uncommon for earth moving activities to take place at locations where objects or constructions of archaeological interest are (expected to be) present in the underground. In those cases, archaeological research is required. T&A uses Geophysical techniques to make archaeological surveys more efficient. The use of geophysical techniques in archaeological research is relatively new. The instruments measure anomalies and changes in the subsurface without the soil being stirred.
Why T&A Survey for combined archaeological research?
At T&A archaeologists work together with geophysicists, environmental and UXO specialists and historians under the same roof.
By combining their skills and specializations, the projects can be carried out more efficiently, leading to high-quality end results.
Our archaeologist is also a certified assistant UXO specialist.
T&A has it's own fleet of drones and innovative drone technology for (combined) archaeological research.
Archaeological preliminary research
An archaeological preliminary investigation is usually the first step in the AMK cycle. By collecting and analyzing the right sources, a statement can be made about the archaeological expectation of an area.
Prospective coring is a useful follow up of an archaeological desk investigation. This field investigation quickly tests the archaeological expectations resulting from the desk investigation. Prospective coring determines where and to what extent the soil structure is intact and whether there are any promising areas.
When prospective coring reveals the presence of sites of potential archaeological interest are present in the area, a trial trench evaluation is a logical next step to determine the nature, size and quality of the site.
In certain cases it is advisable to carry out earth-moving activities under archaeological supervision. This means that an archaeologist will be present during the excavations to investigate and record his findings.
The use of drones can provide new perspectives during archaeological research and excavations. Especially in surveys covering large areas with many underground artefacts, like old foundations, drone techniques can reduce time and costs considerably.