Profile: Contract Archaeologists

Published on September 10th, 2009 | by Admin


The Telegraph has a profile on contract archaeologists, who are called in when construction crews stumble across artifacts.

Just ask archaeologist Tim Holden and his colleagues who have excavated some rare treasures lying under new developments around the UK and Ireland. One of the most signi?cant was the grave of an Iron Age chieftain buried with his chariot. Current work on Edinburgh’s new tramway is unearthing Medieval skeletons.

Culturally signi?cant though this all is, for developers a big ?nd can mean frustrating and costly delays as they must pay for it to be correctly explored.

Which is where Holden and his business Headland come in. Headland works with commercial clients to minimise disruption to developments and to mitigate the risk of costly delays by ?nding optimal ways to work around any required excavations.

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