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Archaeological Management Services Ltd

Foundations Archaeology was founded in 1995, part of the 'new wave' of independant contract archaeology units, which came into being after the introduction of Planning Policy Guidance note 16 in 1991. The new legislation opened up the market for independant units to work alongside, and often, replace the former system of Museum and County Council based units.

A successful two years saw the incorporation of the business as a Limited Company in October 1997 as Archaeological Management Services Ltd, although the company continues to trade as Foundations Archaeology.

Today archaeology remains very much a part of the planning process in the UK. Planning Policy Statement 5 (England), Welsh Office Circular 60/96 (Wales), and National Planning Guideline 5 (Scotland) have resulted in any development proposal being assessed on its archaeological potential and our input to this market comprises 100% of our business.

Over the last fifteen years the company has since gone from strength-to-strength and now has a nationwide reputation for consistent rapid, high-quality and cost-effective work. If an archaeological dimension is identified by planning officers, a reputable, professional organisation, aware of commercial constraints and with a high level of business acumen, must be found to assess, advise and, if necessary, carry out any additional works required. Foundations can manage the heritage matters affecting your development; no matter its size or nature, or whether greenfield or brownfield.

During this period Foundations Archaeology has built up a client base which includes many large and prestigious companies as well as small firms and private developers including homeowners wishing to build extensions to their property.

Foundations Archaeology is committed to the highest level of quality standards and has been certified to BS/EN/ISO 9001:2008 for quality assurance in the provision of archaeological services since 2003, one of the first and few archaeological practices to be independantly certified for quality standards (See our Quality Policy Statement).

As part of our commitment to high standards and excellence in quality Foundations is a Registered Organisation with the Institute for Archaeologists and works to the Institutes Standards and Guidance, as well as complying with its Codes of Conduct and Practice.

We produce reliable results within agreed deadlines and tailor our contributions to meet your real needs. We welcome the opportunity to work in co-operation on your development, either directly or as part of an overall environmental assessment.

Foundations offers a comprehensive and professional nationwide service, providing support where and when our clients need it.


Services

Archaeological Excavation

Archaeological Excavation

If field evaluation shows archaeological deposits of sufficient importance, additional larger-scale excavations may be needed. In some cases the recor...

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Archaeological Evaluation

Archaeological Evaluation

In occasional cases development sites may contain Scheduled Monuments (as defined by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979). Any dev...

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Archaeological Watching Brief

Archaeological Watching Brief

The definition of an archaeological watching brief is a formal programme of observation and investigation conducted during any operation, such as grou...

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Archaeological Consultancy

Archaeological Consultancy

Exploratory intervention, usually involving the excavation of a number of trenches, often comprising a 2%-10% sample of the development site. Evaluati...

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Desk-based Assessment

Desk-based Assessment

Consultancy can be created in a client-friendly way to provide complete and factual guidance. This can range from preliminary appraisals of a site bef...

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Heritage Impact Assessment

Heritage Impact Assessment

In England, Archaeology and the planning process is usually covered byPlanning Policy Statement 5 (2010), supplemented by remnant Local Plans, Local D...

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Historic Building Recording

Historic Building Recording

Building recording can be defined as a programme of work intended to establish the character, history, dating, form and archaeological development of ...

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Archaeological Consultants

Archaeological Consultants

In occasional cases development sites may contain Scheduled Monuments (as defined by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979). Any dev...

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Archaeological Contracting

Archaeological Contracting

Maintaining our country's history is a real problem in the last 20 years with increasing legislation an increased awareness of the archaeological reso...

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Archaeological Monitoring

Archaeological Monitoring

Foundations offers a professional interface with local planning authorities as well as the required government bodies. We can create mitigation and ma...

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Archaeological Risk Assessments

Archaeological Risk Assessments

Foundations offers a professional interface with local planning authorities as well as the required government bodies. We can create mitigation and ma...

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Archaeological Services

Archaeological Services

Exploratory intervention, usually involving the excavation of a number of trenches, often comprising a 2%-10% sample of the development site. Evaluati...

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Archaeological Supervision

Archaeological Supervision

Maintaining our country's history is a real problem in the last 20 years with increasing legislation an increased awareness of the archaeological reso...

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Archaeological Surveys

Archaeological Surveys

If field evaluation shows archaeological deposits of sufficient importance, additional larger-scale excavations may be needed. In some cases the recor...

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Architectural Surveying Services

Architectural Surveying Services

In occasional cases development sites may contain Scheduled Monuments (as defined by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979). Any dev...

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Artefact and Ecofact Analysis

Artefact and Ecofact Analysis

Artefacts (man-made objects) and ecofacts (faunal or floral material modified or used by humans) are usually the main categories of ‘finds’ recovered ...

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Cemetery Clearance

Cemetery Clearance

Development of former cemetery sites can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Foundations Archaeology is experienced in the cost-effective remo...

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Consultancy

Consultancy

Professional high quality advice on projects affecting historic assets is of paramount importance at many stages during the development process. Found...

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Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage

Foundations is one of a kind archaeological management consultancy dealing with underlying issues within & without the planning process. If your compa...

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Environmental Statement

Environmental Statement

Certain projects are required by law to have an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) undertaken to assess the possible positive or negative impacts t...

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Evaluation

Evaluation

Archaeological evaluation consists of non-intrusive and/or intrusive fieldwork which determines the presence/absence of archaeological features, struc...

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Excavation

Excavation

Archaeological excavation comprises the open area excavation of a defined area (the site). The project will have clear research objectives and will in...

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Fieldwalking

Fieldwalking

Fieldwalking, or surface artefact collection, is a form of archaeological evaluation (link). The process is only generally suitable for arable, prefer...

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Heritage Asset Assessment

Heritage Asset Assessment

The term ‘Heritage Asset Appraisal’ relates to the terminology used in Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environment (2010). The ...

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Land Quality Assessment

Land Quality Assessment

Foundations Archaeology can provide desk studies and site walkovers for land quality assessments compliant with NHBC Chaper 4.1.

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Landscape Assessment

Landscape Assessment

Foundations offers a professional interface with local planning authorities as well as the required government bodies. We can create mitigation and ma...

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Photographic Survey

Photographic Survey

Photographic surveys may be required on a number of different types of heritage asset, although these are most commonly associated with landscape surv...

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Public Outreach and Education

Public Outreach and Education

Foundations Archaeology has a strong policy on outreach and community involvement through provision of information through a variety of media, includi...

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Site Risk Assessments Services

Site Risk Assessments Services

Exploratory intervention, usually involving the excavation of a number of trenches, often comprising a 2%-10% sample of the development site. Evaluati...

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Survey

Survey

Archaeological surveys may take many forms, including landscape field survey and aerial photographic survey. It usually involves an attempt to identif...

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News

New Discoveries at Lechlade Evening Lecture

New Discoveries at Lechlade Evening Lecture

Excavations at Lechlade Memorial Hall revealed Late Neolithic pits and the remains of an Early Bronze Age barrow, with a high-status ‘dagger-grave’, a...

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SEPTEMBER 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018 - Over the last few weeks our archaeologists have been enjoying the autumn sun on an evaluation in Bedfordshire.

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JULY 2017

JULY 2017

JULY 2017 - The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society took part in a volunteer day at Celsea Place, Cholsey.

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21/03/2016

21/03/2016

From a recently finished excavation in Buckinghamshire to Watching Briefs in London and Desk-Based Assesments in Cumbria, we've been incredibly busy o...

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Archaeological Management Services Ltd

Archaeological Management Services Ltd

2013 has been a busy year for Foundations Archaeology so far. From Cornwall to Wiltshire, The West Midlands to Gloucestershire the work just keeps co...

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Documents

LONDON BOROUGH OF EALING.pdf

LONDON BOROUGH OF EALING.pdf

Catalogue

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HIGHWORTH.pdf

HIGHWORTH.pdf

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437 UXBRIDGE ROAD.pdf

437 UXBRIDGE ROAD.pdf

Catalogue

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BELLE VUE CINEMA CAR PARK.pdf

BELLE VUE CINEMA CAR PARK.pdf

Catalogue

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LAND AT COFFIN CLOSE, WESTROP.pdf

LAND AT COFFIN CLOSE, WESTROP.pdf

Catalogue

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LITTLECOTE ROAD, FROXFIELD.pdf

LITTLECOTE ROAD, FROXFIELD.pdf

Catalogue

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OLD BARROW HILL.pdf

OLD BARROW HILL.pdf

Catalogue

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SOUTH MARSTON.pdf

SOUTH MARSTON.pdf

Catalogue

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THE ROSE.pdf

THE ROSE.pdf

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Archaeological Management Services Ltd

  • Shaftesbury Centre
  • Percy Street
  • Swindon
  • Wilts
  • SN2 2AZ

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