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Allen Archaeology is an independent professional commercial archaeological contractor and consultancy, established in 2005. From initial project design, through to final mitigation and reporting, we always provide the correct solution, within agreed timescales and budgets. With offices in Lincoln, Birmingham, Cambridge and Southampton, we provide a full range of archaeological services on a national basis.
Our key aim, from initial consultation to the fulfilling of archaeological planning conditions, is to provide a cost effective, risk-free and time efficient service for our clients.
Terms often used for work that we routinely deal with include:
Things are starting to get very busy at our head office, so we will be looking to recruit staff, mostly site archaeologists, but potentially more senior positions too.
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We will endeavour to keep everyone regularly updated with our latest discoveries and activities through both Twitter and our website.
2013 saw the company providing advice and professional support to a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) community excavation within the well-preserved Roman town at Navenby in Lincolnshire. The excavations which involve the Navenby Archaeology Group and other local heritage enthusiasts is proving to be a great success, with particularly intriguing buildings having been uncovered. For further information please visit our Community and Public Outreach webpage, or keep an eye out for updates on Twitter. The ring on the photo to the right has turned out to be a massive complete storage jar! Looks like several mice fell into the jar and couldn't get out... The site has also uncovered a very nice altar that can be seen on the site blog (along with the storage jar): navenbyarchaeologygroup.tumblr.com/
Allen Archaeology has completed a strip, map and record scheme near Andover in Hampshire, revealing a landscape of enclosures, field systems, pits and postholes of Bronze Age to Iron Age date. The artefacts from these investigations are currently being analysed and included a particularly strange and possibly unique pottery spout. The reporting for this scheme is underway and will contribute to our knowledge of prehistoric activity in the area.
The company has also finished a large scale excavation near Ipswich in Suffolk in advance of the construction of an irrigation reservoir. Previous evaluation trenching had identified some remains of potentially prehistoric date; however the density of remains revealed following the site strip was unexpected! The site team worked in tandem with the main contractors to clear areas rapidly and efficiently to ensure there was no delay to the construction programme.
Three main phases of activity have been revealed on the site: Phase 1 - An ephemeral enclosure of possibly Neolithic date, Phase 2 - An early Iron Age droveway (see picture) with complex gated entrance system and Phase 3 - Later Iron Age square and circular charcoal clamps, perhaps associated with iron production.
In Lincolnshire the company has recently completed a Landscape Management plan for Bratoft Moated Manor on behalf of the National Trust, Natural England and the tenant farmer. The works were undertaken to inform a Higher Level Stewardship agreement for the estate and to provide management proposals to enhance the survival and condition of the historic landscape.
A survey was undertaken of the earthworks for the manor and surrounding landscape, revealing a well-preserved and particularly rare example of a Tudor formal garden along with medieval settlement remains. In addition, Allen Archaeology undertook a geophysical survey (see picture to the left) which revealed the location and footprint of the former manor.
The study also included an ecology survey of the landscape and augering of the moat to map the profile of the moat and identify its construction and contents. In addition, questionnaires were prepared and distributed for members of the public to advance their views and opinions on the monument.