Archaeological Contractor Services

Project management and site staff with 20 years of experience in the sector will resolve archaeological issues quickly and decisively, from initial survey and evaluation, to monitoring and excavation during the project stage, CuArch will resolve it. 

Archaeological Mitigation

We make it our primary objective to reduce the effects on your project as much as possible, whilst keeping costs sensible, clear and fully transparent, and meeting all the necessary standards. 

CuArch is able to deliver services on short notice, and operates anywhere in the UK, and has discharged work on a wide variety of projects and scales, from quarries, to housing developments to home extensions.  

Witten Scheme of Investigation

A WSI is a report that sets out the methodology, research and background information for the archaeology project, then submitted to the Authority to allow archaeological work to commence.

Watching Brief

Undertaking an archaeological Watching Brief, Cursus Archaeology will monitor groundworks within the specified development area. The excavator must be equipped with a toothless ditching/trenching bucket and the driver will be instructed to reduce in approximately 100mm level reductions at a time. This method will be required at all times when being monitored by the archaeologist, based on the requirements as laid out in the Written Scheme of Investigation and specified by the Council Archaeological Advisor, and is essential to be able to properly observe any buried remains which may be uncovered.

Trial Trench Evaluation

Cursus Archaeology’s Archaeological Evaluation service, otherwise known as Trial Trenching (TT), can be opened in pre-planning/determination if land owners wish to anticipate the archaeological potential in advance of planning submission to potentially avoid direct impacts on the development of the site. The size and number of the trenches will be a percentage of total site area, and will ideally be targeted upon potential features identified in a survey.


Further archaeological investigation including strip-map-and-record, or full archaeological excavation will be required on either a known site of archaeological significance or if identified during a Watching Brief. 

Archaeological programmes of work should be thought of as sequential staged programmes, with each stage continent upon the previous one; such as evaluation as the initial stage, progressing to watching brief and/or as appropriate if significant archaeology is found, as required by NPPF and the Local Planning Authority, to full area stripping, then to full excavation. In cases where the site is not considered to have high archaeological potential, then the latter stages will be avoided. The condition can be discharged at any of these stages without any further work required on the site, if there is no archaeology observed, or sites with sparse archaeology that can be mitigated with limited investigation during watching brief.

Historic Building Recording

Cursus Archaeology undertakes Historic Building Recording to the industry standard Historic England levels 1-3; level 1 being the lowest and least involved. We have worked on Scheduled Monument 12th Century Leeds Castle in Kent, and grade II and II* Listed structures.

Geophysical Survey

Cursus Archaeology undertakes surveying using magnetometry, to scan for potential buried remains, for enhanced desk based assessments.