Posts by info@oakfordarch.co.uk


Here’s a summary of the results of historic building recording and excavation at Torre Abbey, Torquay, Devon. It was carried out by Oakford Archaeology between June and August 2021. The principal aim of the historic building recording and archaeological excavation was to ensure the adequate recording of any historic fabric exposed. The Oakford Archaeology team aimed to establish the presence or absence, character, depth, extent and...

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We sometimes get asked by clients how an archaeological watching brief differs from an archaeological evaluation. The short answer is that a watching brief is monitoring work carried out during a development or scheme of works. An evaluation is part of preliminary work required either in support of or following determination of your planning application and generally well in advance of any development. Whether you’re asked to...

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Here’s a short summary of the results of an archaeological evaluation in the choir, presbytery and aisles of Exeter Cathedral, Exeter. It was carried out by Oakford Archaeology between January and March 2021. The archaeological evaluation involved the excavation of 21 trenches in the presbytery, choir, choir aisles, retrochoir and crossing of Exeter Cathedral, generally to a depth of 0.5m. No archaeological excavations had...

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This blog post describes archaeological work and desk top assessment investigations carried out by Oakford Archaeology and other heritage organisations which has added to our knowledge of the history of Sidwell Street, Exeter. The ancient parish of St Sidwell lies immediately outside the former East Gate of the City astride one of the principal routes into the Roman fortress, the later Roman town and medieval city. Unlike other...

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Oakford Archaeology monitored a geotechnical borehole survey in September 2019 by Red Rock Geoscience Ltd for Exeter City Council, at Trews Weir, Exeter, Devon. The purpose of this survey was to investigate the causes of the weakening of the structure and the excavation of the boreholes across the length of the weir allowed the recording of the structure and deposits below, providing valuable new information on the construction and...

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Archaeologists work all year round, come rain or shine, on urban and rural sites, in confined spaces or in green open fields, on complex sites with deep stratigraphy or on simple sites with scattered features. In short, an archaeologist needs to be prepared, flexible and ready for anything! In this blog post we thought it might be interesting to share the main tools of the trade – and they may surprise you… 1) Heavy digging tools –...

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Here’s a summary of  the archaeological features and exciting bone and pottery assemblages recently excavated by our archaeological team at Halswell House, Somerset. Oakford Archaeology have been heritage consultants at Halswell House, Goathurst, Somerset since December 2016. Archaeological excavations during the spring of 2019 in the Knot Garden at Halswell House, Somerset revealed a substantial pit a short distance in front of...

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If you’re managing a construction site, want to carry out work on a historic building or have responsibility for heritage assets, the chances are you’ll have already used, or are thinking of working with, a heritage consultant. A heritage consultant is more than just a specialist in historic buildings or below-ground archaeology. As well as providing expert guidance on listed buildings, archaeology and heritage assets, a heritage...

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Following our theme of answering frequently asked questions, in this blog post we’re looking more closely at Heritage Statements: what they are, whey they’re needed and what they should contain. A Heritage Statement is a document needed by a local planning authority in relation to a development application. It is an assessment of the significance of heritage assets, and their settings, affected by a development and the impacts of that...

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Do you need an archaeological watching brief to fulfil a planning condition? If you own or live near a site of archaeological interest, you might be asked to employ an archaeological contractor to carry out a watching brief for you. Whether you’re simply a homeowner or a large-scale developer, you could still end-up with a planning condition which stipulates the need for a watching brief to be carried out on the proposed groundworks....

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