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» A rare Saxon butter churn find from Staffordshire rail development

Work in Staffordshire on a large rail improvement scheme has uncovered an unusual find in the form of a lid from a Saxon butter churn. The find was made by our own Dr Emma Tetlow, the senior archaeologist at the site where Network Rail is building a new flyover and 11 bridges to remove the last major bottleneck on the West Coast main line as part of the £250m Stafford Area Improvements Programme.»»

Posted: 25–05–2015


» Headland is expanding again

We are delighted to announce that Headland Archaeology has expanded to open a new office in Leeds. The company has seen substantial growth in the last year, securing £4.5m in new business across our existing office network, and we are seizing the opportunity for further growth by launching a new base in Leeds.»»

Posted: 14–05–2015


» New book sheds light on Hereford's medieval past

Andy Boucher and Luke Craddock-Bennett are speaking at the Hay Festival to launch their book, ‘Death in the Close’, which digs down through 900 years of local history, thanks to recent archaeological discoveries in the grounds of Hereford Cathedral.»»

Posted: 12–05–2015


» Headland continues to expand – New key appointments

We have recently welcomed 12 news employees, including a UK expert in Geophysics and a Maritime consultant.

Alistair Webb, specialist in geophysical surveys, and maritime heritage consultant Trevor Draeseke have joined the company as we look to expand our teams across our network of offices.»»

Posted: 01–05–2015


» Quarrendon Fields Renewable Energy Scheme – Collaborative working helps discharge planning condition

Headland Archaeology (South & East Office) have recently completed the mitigation stage fieldwork on a renewable energy (wind) scheme at Quarrendon Fields, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. This investigation was a successful use of a ‘preservation in situ’ approach. It was the culmination of several years of successful collaborative working between the developer (AWE Renewables Ltd), their design team and their archaeological advisors (Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd.»»

Posted: 10–03–2015


» Headland Archaeology secures £4.5m of new business in last year and makes the news

We are very pleased to report substantial growth in the last year, securing £4.5m in new business. Sales have steadily increased over the last few years and with the revival of the construction industry we are forecasting that our work will increase by 20 per cent in the coming year. We are also delighted to see that our success has made the news (The Scotsman, The Herald). »»

Posted: 03–03–2015


» Headland unearth possible jousting casualty in Hereford

As Headland nears the end of a Heritage Lottery-funded major project at Hereford Cathedral exciting new discoveries have come to light. So far one of these has captured the public imagination and was covered in a two-page spread for the February edition of the BBC History Magazine entitled ‘Into the bloody world of the medieval tournament’. »»

Posted: 16–01–2015


» Planning appeal success in Cornwall

Headland Archaeology is pleased to announce that another planning appeal, with which we have been involved, has been granted.  The proposals, for a 34.2m high wind turbine at New Hartswell Farm, Herodsfoot, Liskeard, Cornwall, initially gave rise to concerns from English Heritage due to the proximity of Bury Down hillfort, a Scheduled Monument. The location of the turbine was revised slightly to minimise these concerns.»»

Posted: 27–01–2015


» Breaking New Ground: how archaeology works

If you want to know how commercial archaeology works then Kenneth Aitcheson’s recent history of British Archaeology is a great place to start. »»

Posted: 25–11–2014


» Headland Invests in the Future, Part Two

The good news about our Contracting Department (see previous posting) is only half the story. On the consultancy side of the business, we have not only weathered the recession but have positively come out of it with more work on the books, across a wider range of development sectors.»»

Posted: 24–10–2014


» Iron Age settlement excavated in Brenkley Lane Surface Mine

We are delighted to be currently working on the post excavation and publication of a site within Brenkley Lane Surface Mine, to the north of Newcastle upon Tyne. The excavation of this 4.2 hectare site was undertaken on behalf of Banks Mining in order to meet a planning condition that would allow coal extraction.»»

Posted: 17–10–2014


» Headland invests in the future

Having successfully steered through the recession, we are now focussed on planning ahead and adapting to new trends in our market. As part of that, we have selected key sectors and locations within the country for investment. This takes the form of people in key roles, buildings with the right facilities, a new fleet of vehicles and IT and survey equipment upgrades.»»

Posted: 03–10–2014


» Headland makes news – castle remains uncovered in Gloucestershire

During works to replace class rooms at English Bicknor Primary School significant structural remains of a stone castle were uncovered.»»

Posted: 18–09–2014


» Heritage issues dealt with on large Solar PV Farm, Cambridgeshire

We are proud to have worked with LDA Design on another successful application. On this occasion the proposal was for a large solar PV Farm in Cambridgeshire. This important new renewable energy scheme will cover 88ha.»»

Posted: 08–09–2014


» The faces of medieval residents of Leith revealed

In the summer of 2009 a team of archaeologists from Headland Archaeology, commissioned by City of Edinburgh Council, excavated the remains of the post-medieval graveyard associated with South Leith Parish Church in advance of the tram infrastructure construction at Constitution Street.»»

Posted: 25–07–2014


» Headland project shortlisted as top ten UK discovery

We are thrilled that our investigations for the Aberdeen Park and Ride at Dyce, on behalf of AECOM for Aberdeen City Council, made the list amongst many other exciting UK discoveries. This project not only garnered the attention of Culture24 but has previously received coverage by STV and several other Scottish news providers.»»

Posted: 08–07–2014


» Sensing the Past

Headland Archaeology, in partnership with the Royal National College for the Blind (RNCB), are conducting an exciting, unique and free training event, aimed at those who work or volunteer in the heritage sector. It is being funded by English Heritage via the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and can thus be offered free of charge to people who work or volunteer in and around heritage and archaeology.»»

Posted: 02–07–2014


» 4,000 years of human activity unearthed in Aberdeen

Investigations by Headland Archaeology North on behalf of AECOM for Aberdeen City Council, in advance of the construction of a Park and Ride at Dyce, Aberdeen have unearthed a 4,000 year old story of human occupation and interaction with the landscape of the area. »»

Posted: 05–06–2014


» Headland working alongside the rail industry’s first ‘pure alliance’

Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd are proud to be working with the Staffordshire Alliance on Network Rail’s £250 million Stafford Area Improvements Programme.»»

Posted: 28–05–2014


» Our South & East office is moving again!

Since opening in 2010 we have already relocated twice to accomodate a larger team. Our team now requires additional office space, warehouse and processing facilities.»»

Posted: 20–05–2014


» Consultancy Team News

We are delighted to announce that we have recently welcomed two new skilled professionals to our consultancy team in Headland North. We are adding to our current team to ensure that we can continue to provide both new and established clients with the service that they have come to expect.»»

Posted: 06–05–2014


» Hostage stone to star in new Viking Exhibition

One of our most iconic finds, the Hostage Stone, is off to Denmark where it will be receiving pride of place in The World in the Viking Age, the new exhibition at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.»»

Posted: 08–04–2014


» Booming business creates opportunities

The last few years have seen us consolidate whilst continuing to invest in marketing, technology and training across all our regional offices. Business is booming once again, partly down to our own investment but also as the economy picks up.»»

Posted: 28–03–2014


» Iron Age burials found at Fairford housing development

A team of heritage professionals from Headland Archaeology Midlands & West has been working at a new housing development being built by Bloor Homes at Home Farm, Fairford in Gloucestershire. We have uncovered evidence for human occupation dating back over 2,000 years.»»

Posted: 11–03–2014


» Headland passes Safety, Health Environmental & Quality audit with flying colours

We are delighted that we have successfully passed our annual Achilles UVDB Verify audit and improved on our previous year’s results.»»

Posted: 20–02–2014


» Castle of King John's favourite knight found in Luton

Headland Archaeology (South & East office) is proud to be working on the continued re-development of the University of Bedfordshire in Luton.

The site on Park Street covers part of the campus where a teaching block used to be until it was recently demolished to make way for a new Library/Learning and Resource Centre. Luton Borough Council have asked for the excavation as a condition of planning consent and the works are being monitored by the Archaeological Officers from Central Bedfordshire Council.»»

Posted: 05–02–2014


» Iron Age and medieval settlements found in Stewartby, Bedfordshire

Over the last few months, Headland Archaeology has been involved in several phases of archaeological investigations on land near Stewartby, Bedfordshire. The work has been commissioned by O&H Properties Ltd who are developing the area in preparation for the construction of residential and commercial property as well as community facilities. The work has involved careful management of the various phases of work, and close communication with both Bedfordshire Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.»»

Posted: 30–01–2014


» Investigations on the southern boundary of Fulk de Breaute's Castle are underway

Our South & East office have begun investigations of a portion of Fulk de Breaute's early medieval Castle in Luton. The work commenced in December 2013 where we are working alongside the demolition contractors (DSM Demolition Ltd) in order to reveal archaeological remains as the site is stripped of pre-existing structures and utilities.»»

Posted: 11–12–2013


» Headland attends major industry events

We have had a busy couple of weeks attending major industry events. Our consultancy team attended the RenewableUK 2013 in Birmingham where we took a stand for our fifth year. Congratulations to Sarah Gudgin from Pegasus Environmental who won the malt whiskey.»»

Posted: 27–11–2013


» Headland are exhibiting at RenewableUK 2013

We are pleased to be exhibiting at the RenewableUK 2013 event for our fifth year running. The event brings together leading companies from the wind and marine energy industries. Headland's consultancy and contracting teams have been involved in addressing heritage issues and preparing ES assessments and mitigation for over 100 wind farms located throughout the UK and Ireland. Increasingly, our marine and maritime team has been involved in major offshore contracts.»»

Posted: 30–10–2013


» Headland plays its part in the World's first carbon innovation hub

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) opened its doors on the 8th of October. We were delighted to attend the event which was officially opened by The Princess Royal, Edinburgh University's chancellor. Our own Ross Murray who directed the excavations gave a short presentation on the results of the archaeological investigations.»»

Posted: 11–10–2013


» Third Don Crossing

Over the last few weeks a team from Headland Archeology have been working along the proposed route of the much anticipated new crossing over the River Don in Aberdeen and a nearby Park and Ride on the A96.»»

Posted: 26–09–2013


» Some like it green!

So what is the new ‘Green Chilli’ advert on the Institute for Archaeologist’s yearbook all about? This year’s competition for our cheeky back page advert was ‘different’. We’ve used this before but feel it still sums us up.»»

Posted: 26–08–2013


» Positive signs for the future

Over the last couple of months Headland has been recruiting heavily to fill vacant positions to cover fieldwork across the UK. We currently have over 20 new faces on our team which is really encouraging and a real morale boost.»»

Posted: 16–08–2013


» The Tympanum at St Giles Hospital in Hereford

The commission to produce a frame surrounding a 12th century tympanum took us a little outside our usual range of projects. The frame was produced by a local oakwright following a brief from us. The frame needed to be sturdy and traditional and we opted to use strengthened glass rather than perspex, to ensure a clear view of the tympanum behind.»»

Posted: 07–08–2013


» New H&S accreditation

Headland has recently been awarded a SMAS Worksafe Certificate which demonstrates that our Health and Safety management systems meet the requirements set out in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. This certificate recognises the hard work put in by Headland Archaeology to prioritise the safety of our staff, clients, construction industry colleagues and general public.»»

Posted: 17–07–2013


» Sunnybrae Cottage – the oldest house in Pitlochry

Sunnybrae Cottage in Pitlochry is a rare survival of a type of house that was once very common in the Highlands. The research report investigating its history penned by Headland’s Managing Director and Historic Buildings specialist Tim Holden and architect Bruce Walker has recently been published by Historic Scotland.»»

Posted: 20–06–2013


» Isle of Lewis Wave Energy Farm

Headland Archaeology provided the offshore and onshore archaeological services in connection with the cultural heritage impact assessment for Isle of Lewis Wave Energy Farm and associated transmission works on behalf of Aquamarine Power. This project which will ultimately see the development of a 40MW wave farm deploying between 40 and 50 devices with the capacity to power nearly 30,000 homes has now been given full consent from the Scottish Government through Marine Scotland, having already had onshore planning approved by the local council Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 2012.»»

Posted: 24–05–2013


» Tales of the Unexpected

During upgrading works to the A9 Loaninghead Junction, a variety of archaeological remains was unexpectedly encountered in the vicinity of Peterhead Enclosure: a cropmark site of probable Iron Age date. A team of nine archaeologists from Headland North East office excavated the site for I & H Brown in 2010.»»

Posted: 24–05–2013

Coffin grip

» A close encounter with Hereford's former residents

The Cathedral Close project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and commissioned through the Cathedral. It was undertaken between September 2009 and May 2011 has provided one of the best opportunities to gain a better picture of life and death in Hereford over the last 1000 years. Archaeologists from Headland Archaeology have uncovered some interesting clues from both the human remains within the close and objects buried with them.»»

Posted: 14–05–2013


» Eight more skeletons discovered on site of medieval knight's grave

Following on from the discovery of a possible medieval knight’s grave during works for the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, eight further individuals have been discovered in close proximity. The burials, which include one adult female and one child skeleton, lie within an old wall foundation. The archaeologists on site believe the group could be from a single family and be evidence of a familial plot.»»

Posted: 09–05–2013

Fortrose pot

» Exciting Bronze Age funerary remains discovered in Fortrose

A team of archaeologists from Headland Archaeology have discovered eight cremation burials and two short cists during recent excavations in Fortrose. The 3.6ha plot along Ness Road is to be the site of a new housing development by Tulloch Homes, who are funding the archaeological programme as part of a planning condition set by Highland Council. »»

Posted: 03–05–2013

Haverhill beads

» Public lecture on one of the biggest excavations in Haverhill

On Wednesday 8th May, Headland's Michelle Collings will present the results of our recent archaeological excavations at Hanchett End, Haverhill to the public.»»

Posted: 02–05–2013


» Headland launches new CPD passport scheme

Commercial archaeological projects are often high pressure environments requiring multi-disciplinary input. We want to ensure that we match the right people with appropriate skills to the right jobs. Key to the success of this is ensuring that all staff take their professional development seriously and that company management is committed to providing support and training opportunities.»»

Posted: 24–04–2013


» Furnaces and Funeral Pyres of Roman Woburn

On Saturday 20th April, Headland Archaeology Project Manager, James Newboult will speak at the 2013 CBA South Midlands Bedfordshire Archaeological Review in Toddington, Bedfordshire. James' talk will focus on Headland's recent excavations at Woburn, Bedfordshire.»»

Posted: 16–04–2013

J Newman

» Julian Newman joins our South & East Office

Julian Newman joined Headland in April 2013. Having worked in commercial archaeology for nine years, working throughout England he has experienced a wide range of sites and conditions. As an experienced excavator he has assisted in the directing of large urban and rural projects as well as running watching briefs and evaluations. His interests are in the Prehistoric and Roman periods.»»

Posted: 12–04–2013

» Headland discovers medieval Knight’s grave in Edinburgh's Old High School in advance of new green development

A team from Headland's Edinburgh office has recently discovered the remains of a medieval knight or noble in the car park of the former University of Edinburgh's Archaeology department, coincidently where most of the team studied.»»

Posted: 18–03–2013

» Exciting new appointment

In response to the growing demand for marine geophysical expertise within the heritage sector, Headland Archaeology are delighted to announce the strengthening of our maritime and marine department with the appointment of Alex Ewart as Maritime Project Officer.»»

Posted: 26–02–2013

» Grave-cage all the rage!

Headland’s discovery of a 19th century mort-safe in West Bromwich has hit the headlines across the West Midlands following its appearance in Grave Trade on the History Channel on Tuesday night. The story has featured on the BBC and ITV websites. »»

Posted: 17–01–2013

» A grave trade in West Bromwich

Headland osteologists Tegan Daly and Jason Murphy will feature in episode one of the History Channel’s new series about death and burial, Grave Trade. »»

Posted: 14–01–2013

» Success leads the Headland Archaeology South & East Office to move to larger premises

Since establishing our office serving South-East and Eastern England, we have successfully completed a wide range of projects located in mineral extraction sites, rail schemes, housing developments, renewable energy sites, science parks, flood defence schemes and new reservoirs. These projects have led to the investigation of remains dating between the Neolithic and modern period; an exciting first two years. »»

Posted: 07–01–2013

» Romano-British settlement in Woburn

For the past 3 months, staff from Headland Archaeology's South & East team have been excavating a 3.5ha Romano-British industrial settlement site in advance of the construction of a reservoir in Woburn, Bedfordshire. »»

Posted: 18–12–2012

» Headland archaeology is expanding!

We are currently advertising for a Project/Heritage Manager and a Maritime Archaeologist.

As we continue to grow as a company we are looking to employ people who will contribute to our development.

We work hard to create an environment where our people feel valued, respected and motivated and where they enjoy what they do. Investing in training and development is essential and we try to give everyone the opportunity, encouragement and support to do a great job. »»

Posted: 13–12–2012

Julia Bastek, Headland Archaeology

» Earliest house in Scotland gets media attention

Headland is currently in the process of undertaking a post-excavation analysis and publication of a multi-period site excavated by Headland in 2011 as part of the advance archaeological works for the Forth Replacement Crossing. »»

Posted: 27–11–2012

» New project in London for the South & East office

Staff from the South & East office are beginning a series of projects in London, currently, that includes RAF Uxbridge. At 110 acres, the former RAF Uxbridge is the largest development site in West London, and is in an accessible and sustainable location close to Uxbridge town centre, tube station, the Chimes Shopping Centre and the High Street. »»

Posted: 26–11–2012

» West Tollcross Excavation – Open Day

Headland on behalf of our client Watkin Jones Group is pleased to invite the general public to join the archaeological team on site at West Tollcross, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh where current excavations are taking place revealing several 19th century industrial buildings. The site will be open for visitors on Sunday 18 November from 12 to 3 pm. »»

Posted: 14–11–2012

» Publication of an exceptional pottery assemblage from post-medieval Edinburgh

The pottery assemblage from Headland’s excavations at Jeffrey Street has recently been published in Medieval Ceramics (Franklin 2011).  This publication was outwith the main site publication (Masser forthcoming, Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports) and was achieved with the help of a publication grant from the Medieval Pottery Research Group and the City of Edinburgh Council. »»

Posted: 13–11–2012

» Headland South & East Office grows in experience

The South & East office is delighted to welcome Michelle Collings as the newest member of our growing team. Michelle is a Senior Archaeologist with extensive knowledge of the archaeology of southern England, having worked across the region for the last ten years. She has an impressive range of experience, having worked in commercial contracting archaeology, as an archaeological Consultant and as an Associate Lecturer (Winchester University). Having been based in London as a Consultant immediately prior to joining Headland, Michelle is now working in the Fens area of Eastern England, where we are evaluating land ahead of construction for a renewable energy scheme.

Posted: 12–11–2012

» Renewables UK 2012, Glasgow, 30th Oct – 1st Nov, Stand 211

This autumn Headland Archaeology will return for our fourth time exhibiting at the annual Renewables UK conference event. Why not come and chat with a member of our team at Stand 211 and find out how we can make a real difference to your project. »»

Posted: 19–10–2012

Tom Joyce

» Headland announces new Maritime Project Manager

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Joyce as our new Maritime Project Manager. Tom has extensive practical experience both on land and off-shore and has been crucial in building Headland's reputation for maritime work over the last 18 months.

Posted: 03–09–2012


» Interview with BBC West Suffolk radio

Headland Archaeology Project Manager James Newboult was joined by our client Nic Rumsey of Carisbrooke Investments for an interview with BBC West Suffolk radio. The interview will feature in two programmes. The first will be aired between 7:15 and 7:30 on Monday 9th July and the second will be on Lesley Dolphin’s programme on the same day between 12:30 and 16:00. The interview is also available on the Haverhill Research Park website.

Headland Archaeology is undertaking an excavation of a multi-phase Romano-British farmstead in advance of the construction of Haverhill Research Park, Suffolk. The interview will deal with the background to the scheme and the results of the excavation so far.

The site is located on a hilltop within a few hundred metres of a Roman road which runs between Colchester and Cambridge. In the interview we see how the line of the road can still be seen in the modern landscape and consider the location of the site in relation to this important route.

The latest evidence from the excavations includes a Romano-British urned cremation burial and a medieval quarry pit containing waterlogged preserved timbers. The quarry pit, with its excellent conditions of preservation, represents a valuable resource. It will make a major contribution to the story of the site, potentially telling us about timber buildings and structures from the past. The cremation adds a new dimension to the site; it tells us how people on the farmstead were caring for their dead, following certain rituals to mark the passing of relatives.

Posted: July 2012


» Investigations shedding light on Roman Haverhill, Suffolk

Headland's South & East office is now 8 weeks into our excavation at Haverhill in Suffolk. We have revealed a multi-phase rural Roman settlement comprising enclosures, post-built structures, round and rectangular buildings. These phases of settlement will, upon analysis reveal much about the transition from indigenous building and farming practices to Romanised ways of life. We have been particularly struck by the routeways which have been recorded leading into the site, these will tell us much about when certain enclosures were in use and when they had been infilled. They also hint at the wider connections of the settlement where did these routes come from and take people to, what goods were brought in? Haverhill lies on the route of Roman Worstead Street. The road ran between Cambridge (Durolipons) and Colchester (Colonia Victricensis) and its exact route through or around Haverhill is not well established. The investigation at Haverhill Research Park has revealed an important settlement for the area and its proximity to this Roman road and whether it helps define the route of that road will be considered during our analysis. By so doing we look for ways to learn about the 'site' and the 'landscape' it sits within.

Project Manager, James Newboult will be giving a radio interview about our investigation (BBC Radio Suffolk) on 5 July 2012. Our client, Nic Rumsey, director of Carisbrooke Developments will also take part in the interview and said: "Whilst we are working to promote the future economic growth of Haverhill, we are, of course, keen to participate in discovering the archaeological history of this important gateway site. We hope that these works will extend our knowledge of human history well beyond the limits of existing written records."

You can see a virtual animation on Haverhill Research Park website shows the high quality of accommodation that the park will provide comprising up to 450,000 sq ft of office / laboratory / technology and supporting accommodation for a wide spectrum of companies from start-ups to global players.

Posted: July 2012


» Romano-British settlement at Haverhill, Suffolk

Headland Archaeology's South & East team are undertaking excavation of a Romano-British settlement at Haverhill, Suffolk. The work has already attracted some positive attention in the local press: Haverhill Research Park and Haverhill Echo.

Evidence revealed suggests the multi-phase site is centred around a hilltop rectilinear settlement enclosure. A number of droveways feed into the enclosure from the north and south and finds of animal bone (although poorly preserved) indicate that these people were farming livestock. An area to the south and east of the enclosure contains the remains of rectangular buildings, a single roundhouse and quarry pitting. After these went out of use, these areas appear to have been reorganised into a more open landscape with a series of large land boundaries and wider droveways heading across the site. One of these later Roman ditches was re-cut in the post-medieval period, suggesting that it must have survived as a boundary for many centuries and indeed influenced the layout of the field boundaries shown on the Tithe map of 1840! We have also revealed evidence of late-medieval quarrying, demonstrating that this land has been occupied and revisited one way or another for the last 2000 years.

Posted: June 2012


» The Future of Archaeological Archives

Headland's Graphics & Archiving Manager, Caroline Norrman, gave a paper at 'The Future of Archaeological Archives in Scotland: Unlocking the potential of archaeological archives' on Friday 8th June 2012. The seminar was organised by the RCHAMS and examined the current issues and to explore ways forward for archives, it was well attended.

She thought that 'It was a very useful and thought-provoking seminar - hopefully this will be the starting point for greater collaboration in the future. I believe that the swiftly moving technological environment we find ourselves in calls for a continual review of our archiving guidelines.' Caroline will be keeping us informed of all new developments in the world of archiving.

Posted: June 2012


» Griffin Wind Farm Open Day (2)

Around 200 people turned up at Griffin Wind Farm to find out more about the project. The open day was organised by SSE to celebrate the completion of the project. We were delighted that a lot of people showed an interest in the archaeology process and the discoveries that were made. Headland Project Manager Dr Chris Lowe was at hand to answer questions and show some of the finds during the 12 month archaeology programme at the wind farm. Many thanks to SSE for inviting us along.

See the posters here.

Posted: June 2012


» Griffin Wind Farm Open Day (1)

Dr Chris Lowe, one of Headland’s senior project managers, will be on hand at SSE’s  Open Day (Saturday 9th June, 9am – 4pm)  to talk about the archaeological sites that came to light during the construction of the wind farm (

Commenting upon Headland’s role in the project, Chris said ‘Integration of the archaeologists into the project team, both here and for the neighbouring SSE development at Calliachar, has meant that the archaeology was treated properly, whilst at the same time helping to ensure that any delays to programme were avoided’.

Posted: June 2012

Bell Tower

» Bell Tower of St Mary's Church, Pembridge publication

Headland Archaeology started the process of completing backlog publications from Hereford’s Archaeological Investigations Ltd with a recent article in Vernacular Architecture. The report by Andy Boucher outlined the results from a detailed hand-produced record of Pembridge Bell Tower, one of the oldest timber framed towers in the country dating from the early 13th century. It considered how the structure evolved over time, identified a hitherto undated 15th century addition (a pent roofed ambulatory) and attempted to reconstruct the original medieval framing based on redundant joints. Andy said 'it was important that the opportunity to glean as much information as possible from the project was not missed. English Heritage funded the project and I am pleased that we have delivered it within their original agreed budgets and with such a positive outcome'.

Posted: May 2012


» EIA team

Headland Consultancy are pleased to welcome Paul Masser to the EIA team. Paul combines a strong background in field and landscape archaeology with all the analytical skills our clients require. He has made significant contributions to developing setting methodology over the last four years, both internally and at a national level, at events such as the 2008 Institute for Archaeologists conference.

Posted: May 2012


» Record sales figures

We are coming to the end of our financial year and all signs point to a record year with sales enquiries up 40% on last year. Much of the growth is coming from our new South & East office which is now contributing almost 25% of all sales enquiries. The value of sales converted is also seeing significant growth, up 35% on last year with conversion rates steady at over 40%. Repeat business from clients is driving this growth, many of them following us down south as we grow our business in England. By sector, business is still strong in renewables – planning and construction – both in Scotland and England and housing in the south-east and east Midlands is also strong.

Posted: May 2012


» Skellig Michael Publication

Julie Franklin's report on the finds assemblage from excavations at the island monastery and world heritage site of Skellig Michael, Co.Kerry has recently been published. Julie tendered for the work from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, beating a number of other specialists to win the project, and travelled to Dublin to study the finds in November 2010. Highlights of the assemblage were some decorative dress pins, a number of stone cross slabs and an unusual stone dish. The monograph is available online.

Posted: April 2012


» Calliachar Wind Farm

Following the successful delivery of the on-site archaeological mitigation programme at Griffin Wind Farm near Aberfeldy, SSE Renewables have appointed Headland as consultants for their neighbouring development at Calliachar.

Several constraints, not recognized by the wind farm's original developers, have come to light. Dr Chris Lowe, one of Headland’s senior consultants, has successfully negotiated a programme of works with the local planning authority which will avoid costly delays to the construction schedule and help keep the programme on track.

Posted: April 2012


» Headland discovers Herefordshire landmark is much older than previously thought

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Posted: March 2012


» Head of Maritime and Marine, Dr Dan Atkinson gave lecture at HMS Victory Workshop in Portsmouth

Dan Atkinson has been invited to talk about aspects of Royal Naval shipbuilding and dockyard working practices at a Workshop organised by the HMS Victory Technical Advisory Committee. The two day event in Portsmouth and Chatham Dockyards aims to present managers and staff working on Victory with insights into the types of archaeological evidence illustrated in the structure of Victory and her many different hull components. The workshop comes in advance of a £20 million restoration to help preserve the ship for the benefit of future generations.

Posted: March 2012


» Headland Maritime & Marine team contribute to first major Scottish waters Offshore Wind Farms

The maritime & marine team at Headland, led by Dr Dan Atkinson have been busy completing a number of cultural heritage contributions as part of Environmental Statements for landmark Scottish Waters and Round 3 Offshore Wind Farms. The applications for these projects are due to be submitted to Marine Scotland and the Crown Estate in the next few months.

Posted: March 2012


» The Search for Ewyas Harold Priory

Mike Kimber, project manager based in the Headland Midlands and West office recently launched his book A Tale of Two Priories in Ewyas.

The book presents the results of Headland’s two-year project investigating the origins and development of a 12th century Benedictine priory cell in Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire. The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and sponsored by Ewyas Harold Archaeology and History Group, carried out community excavations in 2010 and 2011 within the outer bailey of Ewyas Harold castle and at the site of the original priory church at Dulas Court. The priory was attached to Gloucester Abbey in around 1100AD, but was granted an existing Welsh church by the landowner, Harold of Ewyas. Harold’s son Robert later gave the priors land in Ewyas Harold to build houses, and the site of their small chapel later became the Ewyas Harold parish church.

The book is available from the Ewyas Harold Archaeology and History group, or by writing to the City of Hereford Archaeological Trust, Unit 1 Premier Business Park, Faraday Road Hereford HR4 9NZ.

Posted: March 2012

Dr Chris Lowe and Dr Fiona Watson

» Diver Survey completed for Jamestown Wharf Improvements, St Helena

Headland have just submitted a client report following the completion of an archaeological dive investigation on behalf of the St Helena Government at Jamestown Harbour. This once in a lifetime opportunity for the Headland team ensured that all features of archaeological interest identified in the initial Environmental Impact Assessment were investigated in advance of proposed wharf improvements in the harbour. In addition, the team made the most of the opportunity to deliver an introductory training course in maritime archaeology for the local dive club. The two day event was a great success and culminated in the survey of one of the historic wrecks in the Harbour.

Posted: February 2012


» Headland South & East visits Roman Verulamium

Our South &East team carried out an investigation on a Scheduled Ancient Monument: the Roman town of Verulamium (St Albans). Works to clear land in advance of construction for a housing extension allowed our team to inspect ground taken down to the demolition layer associated with the last phase of Verulamiums story. As a result, coins and other datable artefacts were recovered. Our finds team is currently studying these in order to further our understanding. Coins from final occupation/abandonment layers can be very helpful in dating events. We hope our first works on this great monument will be useful to others studying the town.

Posted: February 2012


» New monograph on archaeological excavations on the N25 Waterford City Bypass

New monograph on archaeological excavations on the N25 Waterford City Bypass was launched at a reception held in Waterford City Hall, Ireland, on 6th February: Cois tSiúire nine thousand years of human activity in the Lower Suir Valley.This monograph, published by the National Roads Authority of Ireland, presents the results of several phases of archaeological fieldwork. From February 2004 to January 2005 Headland Archaeology undertook excavation works in advance of the bypass under a multi-million euro contract. The monograph, generously illustrated in colour, sets out the diverse findings of this complex project and including: Mesolithic activity, Neolithic settlement, Bronze age cemeteries, wooden trackways preserved in a bog and an unusual later prehistoric sweat-house. Headland were represented at the launch by Simon Stronach, who served as Senior Archaeologist during the project. Headland's palaeo-environmental manager, Dr Scott Timpany, provided a chapter that explored 9000 years of human interaction with the environment in this striking and beautiful part of Ireland.

Posted: February 2012


» Headland South & East at the seaside

Our first fieldwork in Essex was carried out in Jan/Feb 2012. We were at the seaside town of Clacton-on-sea, although the cold winds and lying snow meant that the seaside attractions were off limits this time. Our archaeological findings included a series of prehistoric pits adjacent to silted up streams. The relationship of these pits to these streams will be considered. Were the pits contemporary with the period in which water flowed through the channels? If not, was the vegetation slightly lusher, in the lower lying channels? We have artefactual and ecofactual material and we have our records to consider assess and publish in due course. We are proud to add Essex to our list of counties.

Posted: February 2012


» A new era for Headland Group

We are pleased to announce that the Headland Group has accepted an offer by the current Irish management for the purchase of its Irish subsidiary, Headland Archaeology (Ireland) Ltd . This as a positive step towards assuring a long term future for both the UK and Irish subsidiaries freeing them to develop competitive business models that are more appropriate to the economic conditions in the two countries. We envisage that the two companies will continue to work closely together through partnering and other arrangements so clients will continue to benefit from our joint expertise and resources. The Irish subsidiary will be changing its name and trading as Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd.

Posted: December 2011


» Excavations of an industrial site in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh completed by Headland Edinburgh-based North East team

Headland undertook a programme of archaeological works on part of the former Scottish & Newcastle brewery site in West Fountainbridge, Edinburgh in advance of redevelopment of the site by Cityheart Ltd. The Fountainbridge area has been a hub of industrial activity since the 18th century. Early development focused around Tollcorss, but quickly spread westwards during the 19th century catalysed by the completion of the Union Canal in 1822 and the Caledonian Railway in 1849. The investigation area overlay the site of several mid-19th century tenements and industrial works, including part of the Viewforth Works of the Scottish Vulcanite Company. Excavation of targeted areas, based on information from a previous trial trenching phase and a review of documentary and map sources revealed several structures relating to earlier phases of the Viewforth Works and the foundations of 19th century tenements.

Posted: November 2011


» Headland maritime team deliver archaeological and marine mammal monitoring services for the EirGrid East-West Interconnector Project

Headland has recently completed a month long monitoring service in connection with the east-west interconnector project in the Irish Sea. Despite challenging deadlines, the team successfully managed and delivered both archaeological and marine mammal monitoring during the first phase installation works for the sub-sea cable. The final phase of installation is planned for Spring 2012.

Posted: October 2011


» Headland's EIA team grows

Headland's EIA team has been enhanced by the arrival of Jen Richards. Jen, who will be based in the South & East office in Leighton Buzzard, will provide expert advice to clients, undertake heritage assessments and provide cultural heritage input to Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). She joins Headland from the Environment Agency, where she was Senior Archaeologist. In her previous post she was heavily involved in flood alleviation schemes and coastal management projects. She has experience as both a field and a planning archaeologist.

The addition of Jen will allow Headland to serve our clients more widely and to provide a broader range of expertise, her coastal experience will particularly complement the expertise of the company's maritime  & marine  department.

Posted: October 2011


» Secrets from Luton’s past unearthed at Bedfordshire by Headland Archaeology (UK)

Read more here and here

Posted: September 2011


» Re-development of the University of Bedfordshire

We are carrying out an archaeological excavation before the University redevelops this area of the campus. Luton Borough Council have asked for the excavation as a condition of planning consent and the works are being monitored by the Archaeological Officers from Central Bedfordshire Council. »»

Posted: 15–08–2011


» Headland’s collaboration with National Museums Scotland wins award

The Buguley Award is given annually to the best article in the year's Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, and this year has been awarded to Headland's publication of the chariot burial found at Newbridge. The article was jointly authored by Stephen Carter, Fraser Hunter (of National Museums Scotland) and Andrea Smith. Andrea collected the award on behalf of the other authors at the Prehistoric Society's Europa Day conference in Durham on Saturday 14th May. The decision was apparently unanimous on the part of the Council of the Society, who judge the entries, and shows that this kind of collaboration between a commercial unit and a national institution can reap great rewards and produce work that is the best of both worlds - commercial and academic.

Posted: May 2011


» Female skeleton unearthed in the Mayo Abbey area by Headland Archaeology (Ireland)

Read more here

Posted: April 2011


» Headland Archaeology recognised by RCIS for role on conservation project

Education through Restoration is a £1 million project to restore two pairs of locks on the historic Cefn flight of fourteen locks in Newport. Work has seen repairs to stonework, installation of new lock gates and major works clearing out the channels and ponds of the canal, all under monitoring by Headland Archaeology. The project has been given the RCIS Wales 2011 Building Conservation Award for the quality of the conservation work, the teamwork involved and the substantial community benefit it provided. As winners of the Wales award, the project will now go through to the national Building Conservation awards which take place in October. To find out more about the project, click here.

Posted: April 2011


» Headland’s South & East office, based in Bedfordshire, has been expanding rapidly in the first quarter of 2011 and this looks set to continue because March saw a record number of tenders

Newly appointed manager Joe Abrams has been relishing his new challenge and using his local knowledge to good effect. Our South & West office has been offering support by lending additional staff to cover demand. New projects include several evaluations; using magnetometry, ground penetrating radar and trial trenches to investigate archaeological potential. Our clients have included architects, consultants and contractors throughout London, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. The range of remains being archaeologically investigated is fascinating and includes Iron Age and Roman settlement, medieval structures and rural landscapes. Monitoring works are taking place immediately south of Verulamium, Roman St Albans, where previous work has recorded an extensive cemetery. We are also undertaking a built heritage assessment on a Grade I listed building in Kent and have several historic building recording projects awaiting a start date.

Posted: April 2011


» Headland expertise contributes to Regional Research Framework

The publication of the West Midlands Regional Research Framework took place last month, with Andy Boucher of Headland Midlands & West having chaired the Management Committee of the project.

Regional Research Frameworks are an initiative funded by English Heritage with the aim of producing an archaeological research framework for each region that will provide a viable, realistic and effective academic basis for undertaking archaeological intervention, either as a result of development-related operations or to underpin future research designs.

Andy Boucher, Regional Manager of Headland Midlands & West, has been the chair of the West Midlands Regional Research Framework for Archaeology since its inception in 2001, and the publication of the Framework is the culmination of many years of consultation. To read more about Research Frameworks click here.

Posted: March 2011

Dr Chris Lowe and Dr Fiona Watson

» Headland Director takes part in Radio 4 series

Headland director Dr Chris Lowe has been back to Inchmarnock to meet up with Dr Fiona Watson as part of the latest series of ‘Making History’, BBC Radio 4’s popular History Magazine which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Inchmarnock is a small island off the west coast of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. Between 2000 and 2004 a wide-ranging programme of survey and excavation of multiple sites throughout the island was undertaken by a team from Headland Archaeology. 

Chris talked to Fiona about Headland’s work on the island and, in particular, the remarkable collection of inscribed slate which the team recovered from the earliest layers below the medieval church. This is the largest assemblage of such material from anywhere in the British Isles.

Among the key finds are a fragment of Hiberno-Latin verse and a crude sketch of what looks like a Viking raiding party. This is a major break-through into understanding how education was organised in Early Historic Scotland, in the last quarter of the first millennium AD. For further information download this pdf.

The report was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 3pm on Tuesday 8th March 2011. You can listen to the program here, or, alternatively, you can download the podcast here.

The results of the project were published in September 2008 in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland monograph series. Copies are available from their website.

Posted: March 2011


» Headland expand their EIA and Maritime capabilities

As a result of Headland’s increasing reputation with renewable energy companies, two new key staff have joined the Edinburgh office to cope with growing workloads. Tom Joyce (Maritime & Marine Department) brings with him extensive maritime knowledge, having worked for a marine archaeological company in Ireland. Cara Jones (EIA department) has previously conducted Environmental Impact Assessments within the commercial archaeology sector, and comes to Headland from a recent position within Highland Council.

In addition to these new arrivals, the resources of the Maritime & Marine team have been further boosted by Abby Mynett joining their ranks. Previously working within the Environmental department, Abby also has a background in geophysical survey and will be working on the increasing number of offshore geophysical survey contracts including the Moray Firth Offshore windfarm development. To find out more about the project, click here.

Posted: February 2011


» Headland Archaeology has been shortlisted for two categories in this year’s Current Archaeology Awards

Headland’s work at the forefront of the archaeology of the British Isles is once again being recognised, with two sites shortlisted in this year’s Current Archaeology Awards. This prestigious award ceremony is organised by Current Archaeology and was this year held at the British Museum in London. The awards were sponsored by a large number of key organisations such as English Heritage, Cadw, Historic Scotland and the Royal Archaeological Institute to name a few.

Environmental Department Manager Dr Scott Timpany was shortlisted for this year’s ‘Presentation of Heritage Research Awards’. Scott’s research was based on a wetland site in Ireland with his presentation on the project entitled 'Rediscovering the past: environmental archaeological investigations of people’s interactions with the wetland from a multi-period site at Newrath, Co. Kilkenny'.

Headland Ireland was also shortlisted at the event for ‘Rescue Dig of the Year Award 2011’. The nominated site (also at Newrath), was excavated ahead of the N25 Waterford Bypass road scheme, completed in 2008. The site was shortlisted due to the success of the excavations combined with the post-excavation work and in-depth research undertaken by Headland. Both the excavation and post-excavation work will soon be published as part of the N25 Monograph series.

Posted: February 2011


» Recruitment of local talent

Headland Archaeology has recruited some local talent to enhance our team at the newly established office in Leighton Buzzard. The location gives Headland a base to provide archaeological services in London, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, and across the south and east of England. Our new recruit, Joe Abrams, has a strong track record of working with clients, consultants and curators across the region to design archaeological investigations. His background includes assessing cultural heritage for EIA and he has worked extensively with the area’s housebuilders in particular.

Posted: February 2011


» Forth Replacement Crossing Project in the headlines

After one of Scotland's largest resistivity surveys and subsequent trial trenching, that took place on behalf of Transport Scotland, remains encountered at the site of the proposed Forth Replacement Crossing were the focus of BBC news headlines in November. See the news coverage here. Read more here.

Posted: January 2011


» 'Archaeologists must unearth new opportunities to survive recession'

Colm Moloney, managing director of Headland Archaeology (Ireland) Ltd spoke to the Irish Examiner about the prospects for the future of commercial archaeology in Ireland. Read the article here.

Posted: January 2011


» Forth Replacement Crossing Project underway

rchaeological work is underway in advance of the Forth Replacement Crossing, to the west of the existing Forth Road Bridge. Having been appointed by Transport Scotland to undertake the archaeological works in advance of construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing, staff from Headland have been undertaking one of Scotland’s largest resistivity surveys as part of the first phase of works, on the southern side of the Firth of Forth. The geophysical survey allowed the trial trenching which followed to target specific areas of interest and to gain the most information from the initial intrusive work. The results of this first phase of trial trenching has revealed activity of possible Neolithic date, and excavation of the site will take place to confirm the initial discoveries.

Work also began on known sites which had previously been identified to the north of the Firth, such as at St Margaret’s Hope. To read more about what has been found so far click here.

To read more about Transport Scotland’s appointment of Headland Archaeology, click here.

Posted: January 2011


» Archaeological work at Dounreay disposal facility completed

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd appointed Headland as archaeological contractors for the construction of a new disposal facility in association with the decommissioning programme at the site of Britain’s former centre of fast reactor research and development in August 2010. Work was already underway assessing the proposed development area through trial trenching in September 2010, with no archaeological issues being identified.

Following this, excavation of a previously known small grassy mound also took place as part of this phase of work, revealing a stone burial cairn of Bronze Age date (around 2000 years ago), which appears to have been robbed out in the more recent past. Headland worked closely with Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd to ensure that the archaeological remains were dealt with appropriately, with all archaeological work completed by the end of October 2010, allowing the decommissioning project to continue on time and budget. To read more about the discoveries click here.

Posted: November 2010


» Papers presented at international conference

Three of Headland Group directors presented papers at the European Association of Archaeologists Conference in early September. The EAA was set up to promote and support professional archaeological work across the continent, and meetings regularly take place to discuss current issues within the industry. The topics for this conference included the excavation of urban industrial landscapes and management of the post-excavation process. To read more about the EAA click here.

Posted: October 2010


»  New Dublin office opened by Minister

Headland Archaeology (Ireland) has cemented our position as one of the largest archaeological firms in Europe with the launch of an office in Dublin. The official launch was overseen by Batt O’Keefe, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation. Heading up the Dublin office is Teresa Bolger, Regional Manager. Teresa’s directing credits include a series of Bronze Age sites on the route of the Drogheda by-pass, as well as an Iron Age timber built waterfront structure in the heart of Dublin. Teresa has also served on the board of the Institute of Archaeology and is editor of the IAI News. For media coverage of the launch, click here.

Posted: October 2010


» Archaeological Investigations Ltd fully integrated into Headland UK

Archaeological Investigations Ltd are now officially part of Headland UK and building up a healthy portfolio of work in the Midlands & West from their base in Hereford. They have been trading under Headland’s name since early 2010, but in the final phase of the acquisition, all the existing AI staff have been brought over onto Headland systems and it is now running as a regional office. The combination of expertise and scale which this has allowed has boosted the fortunes of Headland in the area, building on the existing contacts and proven track record of AI. Andy Boucher, AI’s director, has been confirmed as the new regional manager for Headland Midlands & West.

Posted: October 2010


» Doune Primary School open day

Over 200 visitors were treated to a site tour and exhibition of finds at Doune Roman fort. The team from Headland were excavating here as part of an extension to the existing primary school, and followed on from previous excavations at the site in 1999 and 2008. This phase of work revealed evidence of ditches and ramparts forming the defences of the fort, the remains of buildings, pits and road, all in the north-east corner of the fort. The number of visitors is testament to the level of interest in the site, and in heritage as a whole. This kind of outreach is being increasingly expected by council planners and clients alike, to get the most out of archaeological excavations.

Posted: September 2010


» Another award for Headland Archaeology

The Association for Industrial Archaeology named HAPCA (Headland Archaeology’s joint venture with Pre-Construct Archaeology) the winner of their Fieldwork and Recording Award at their annual conference in September. These awards aim to recognise good archaeological recording practice in Industrial Archaeology, and it was HAPCA’s innovative approach to recording industrial remains on a vast scale which caught the judges’ eye. The M74 completion project included excavation of iron works, potteries, lime works and also of the tenement blocks the workers would have lived in.

Posted: September 2010


» Headland Archaeology’s Maritime & Marine Department have recently been awarded the contracts for two new offshore windfarm developments

Headland are pleased to announce they have won contracts for two major offshore wind developments. Beatrice Offshore Windfarm is part of the Scottish Territorial Waters developments and has the potential to produce 920MW. Moray Zone Offshore Windfarm is one of the latest Round 3 offshore developments in the UK and aims to be generating 1.3 GW by 2020.

For both developments, our Maritime & Marine Team will provide archaeological advice for the projects, undertaking geophysical and geotechnical assessments, contributing to EIA, which is due to be completed for consents to be in place by early 2012. Headland's head of Maritime & Marine Dr Dan Atkinson said: “It’s an exciting time to be working in the offshore renewables industry, with so many important developments. Previously, the marine historic environment was little considered, but now forms an integral part of the process. We’re looking forward to working with both BOWL (Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd) and MORL (Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd) to bring these projects through the consents process and into construction.”

Posted: September 2010


» Headland Archaeology to work with Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme

Dr Scott Timpany and Abby Mynett, two of Headland’s Environmental specialists, will be investigating the sedimentological deposits of Bute, through desk and site based studies. This will determine the potential of these deposits to provide information of the past environment of Bute from methods such as pollen, plant macrofossil and insect analysis. The methodologies behind the study will be presented to the public in workshops for adults and children in October.

Dr Scott Timpany, Headland’s Environmental manager, said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen to undertake this audit. It’s going to involve a large amount of involvement with the local community of Bute, and they’ve already shown their enthusiasm for engaging with their heritage. It’s really exciting that as a commercial company we can still get these kind of opportunities and help the public learn more about their own landscapes.” For further information and attendance of the workshops, please refer to the Partnership Scheme website -

Posted: September 2010


» National Heritage week

Headland's Cork office took part in National Heritage week in August, encouraging local children to get hands-on with prehistoric pottery. Read more here.

Posted: August 2010


» Transport Scotland appoints Headland to carry out archaeological site investigations for Forth Replacement Crossing

We are delighted to have been appointed on the advance archaeological works for the Forth Replacement Crossing. Investigations will include geophysical survey, trial trenching and hand excavation. The works are scheduled to begin this August and as a result of land access constraints are expected to take approximately one year to complete.

Russel Coleman, Headland Director said: 'We are very much looking forward to continuing our successful working relationship with Transport Scotland which we have established over the last 10 years on projects such as the M74, the M80 and Upper Forth Crossing. As ever, we are committed to delivering high quality archaeological work that meets the construction time schedule and budgets as well as Historic Scotland’s standards»»

Posted: August 2010


» New Forth crossing archaeological dig to begin

Headland Archaeology will carry out archaeological investigations on the land earmarked for the Forth Replacement Crossing.»»

Posted: July 2010


» Archaeology of Inchmarnock research project was Highly Commended in the Best Project category for the 2010 British Archaeology Awards

Headland’s work on the recently published Inchmarnock Research Project has been highly commended at the 2010 British Archaeology Awards in the category of ‘Best Archaeological Project’.

The 2010 British Archaeological Awards were announced at a ceremony held on Monday 19 July at the British Museum. The purpose of the Awards is to advance public education in the study and practice of archaeology and to recognize significant contributions to knowledge.»»

Posted: July 2010


» Archaeology of Inchmarnock research project short-listed for British Archaeology 2010 Award

Headland’s work on the recently published Inchmarnock Research Project has been short-listed at the 2010 British Archaeology Awards in the category of ‘Best Archaeological Project’. The project, directed by Dr Chris Lowe, was undertaken over the period 1999–2006 and published in 2008 in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Monograph series. The results of the project – involving a programme of survey and excavation of multiple sites throughout the island – provide an insight into what life was like in a small island monastery off the west coast of Scotland in the last quarter of the first millennium; meanwhile, its large assemblage of inscribed slate provides clues to its status and its cultural connections.

For further details of the 2010 British Archaeology Awards, click here - the British Archaeological Awards Ceremony will take place at the British Museum on Monday, 19th July.

Copies of the Inchmarnock monograph are available from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, price £30 (£25 to Fellows).

Posted: July 2010


» Headland confirm confidence in industry prospects

Headland UK's MD Tim Holden recently spoke to the Herald about the company and its prospects for the future.»»

Posted: April 2010


» Coverage of the opening of our Hereford office has appeared in the Scottish Press

Articles appeared in The Herald and The Scotsman over the Easter weekend. See the Scotsman article here.

Posted: April 2010


» The New Ross Bypass site investigation work is underway and is producing interesting results

The route runs along a 13.6km corridor and around 30 Headland staff are working on a number of sites along the route. »»

Posted: April 2010


» Headland won a £250,000 contract

Headland recently won a £250,000 contract to undertake archaeological investigation in advance of road improvement to the A2 in Northern Ireland.»»

Posted: April 2010


» 'Local road ruins lead to archaeological award'

Article in the Tuam Herald detailing how Headland Archaeology's Brendon Wilkins won an award at The British Heritage Research Awards in London for the recent work on the N6 Galway to Ballinasloe road project. Download the pdf here.

Posted: March 2010

specialist awards

» Headland wins prestigious award

We are delighted to announce that Headland Archaeology were winners at the Construction News Specialists Awards 2010 in the ‘Site Preparations & Services’ category’. The winners of the Specialists Awards, supported by the NSCC, were announced on Thursday 4th March, to celebrate the finest specialist contractors and construction projects today. The awards, hosted by stand up comedian Rufus Hound, were presented at the prestigious 5 star Hilton Hotel, on London's Park Lane. Attended by over 600 leaders in specialist contracting in the construction industry, these awards brought together the key players in the industry and the ones to watch.

Nick Edwards, editor of Construction News magazine commented: 'In times like this, the difference between success and just surviving can be just about getting that little bit of competitive edge. That’s what Specialists Awards is all about. Showing in the expertise you bring, in the quality you ensure, in the innovation you create, you are the beating heart of the industry through good times and bad.'

Posted: March 2010


» 'Building Scotland' conference

Headland Archaeology's Tim Holden will be speaking at the 'Building Scotland' conference held on the 3rd and 4th March at The Assembly Rooms, The Mound, Edinburgh. For more information download the pdf here.

Posted: February 2010


» Archaeologists To Pave Way For UK - Ireland Underwater Energy Link

Headland Archaeology has been awarded a £50K contract to provide transboundary marine archaeology consultancy services for a 260km underwater electric power cable linking Ireland with the UK.

Read more at the following links:

Posted: January 2010


News coverage of Headland Archaeology's successful tender for the New Ross bypass

Various articles have appeared recently, documenting Headland Archaeology's successful bid to carry out the archaeological work in advance of the new N25 New Ross bypass in County Wexford.

Posted: January 2010


» Profile of Headland Site Director Tara Doyle

Tara Doyle - Site Manager with Headland Archaeology is interviewed by the Evening Echo. Download the pdf here.

Posted: January 2010


» Headland UK opens new office in England

We are pleased to announce that Headland Archaeology Ltd has just completed the acquisition of Archaeological Investigations Ltd (Hereford). This is an exciting step for both companies which secures jobs and expands Headland’s geographical reach. We can now provide an enhanced service for our clients that combines local expertise with a more comprehensive range of capabilities. We are particularly pleased that Andy Boucher and his staff (formerly AI) will continue to bring their extensive regional and professional knowledge to all existing and future projects. Teamed up with Headland’s Project Manager Mike Kimber we look forward to providing a stronger and more competitive service for our clients.

Posted: January 2010

specialist awards

» Headland shortlisted for awards

Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd has been shortlisted in the Specialists Awards 10, one of the most important awards for specialists subcontractors in the UK construction industry. The event is organised by Construction News with the support of the National Specialist Contractors Council. We are delighted that we have been shortlisted for the Site Preparations and Services award. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 4th March 2010 at London Hilton, Park Lane.»»

Posted: January 2010


» Ceramic beads dating back 3,500 years and described as being of great significance have been discovered on the route of the new N9/N10 Athy Link Road

The series of 25 small ceramic beads, the only ones of their kind from the Bronze Age and a major coup for Irish archaeology, were discovered along with the cremated remains of a human body on the route. Read the full article in the Leinster Leader here, or download the pdf of the Kildare Nationalist newspaper article here.

Posted: December 2009


» 'Adelaide's lament'

Dr Dan Atkinson is interviewed about Headland Archaeology's surveying of the iconic ship in a Times article that discusses the future of the 145-year old clipper, The City of Adelaide. See the article here.

Posted: December 2009


» Staff from Headland Archaeology (Ireland) in the Galway Independent

A profile of Caoimhe Ni Thoibin, our osteologist in the Galway office. See the article here.

Posted: December 2009


» Remains of 1,000 people recovered at medieval site

Headland Archaeology's human remains specialists have been involved with analysing bodies from one of Ireland's largest medieval cemeteries. See the article here.

Posted: November 2009


» Headland spreading the word

Headland have been involved in a recent public seminar designed to present discoveries along the route of the M7 in Ireland to the public. To find out more about the sites they excavated click here.

Posted: October 2009


» 'Bernie digs out the best in people'

A profile in the Evening Echo outlines how the Cork Office Manager Bernie Carney ended up working for Headland Archaeology (Ireland) Ltd. Download pdf here.

Posted: September 2009


» Headland feature in the

An article on Headland's work on Edinburgh Trams features on the site for construction industry news»»

Posted: September 2009


» Headland marks itself out against competitors for providing solutions to construction issues

MD Tim Holden outlines some of the issues involved in providing professional archaeological services in an interview in the Daily Telegraph.

Posted: September 2009


» Headland is leaving no stone unturned

Headland Archaeology receive coverage within the Sunday Business Post – Ireland’s largest selling business broadsheet.»»

Posted: September 2009


» Cork Chamber of Commerce

Headland Archaeology coverage within the Cork Chamber of Commerce magazine.

Posted: August 2009


» 4,000-year-old timber circle found in Tyrone

The remains of a timber circle from more than 4,000 years ago have been uncovered by archaeologists in County Tyrone - Article on the BBC News.

Posted: August 2009


» Tyrone has a Stonehenge of its own

Reporting on one of the more interesting discoveries from the A4/5 in Northern Ireland - Article in the Tyrone Times. »»

Posted: July 2009


» Bright future in digging up past

Candy Hatherley, one of Headlands' Senior Archaeologists profiled in the Daily Express.

Posted: July 2009


» Athy bones under the microscope

An article in the Leinster Leader discussing the research into medieval human remains.

Posted: June 2009


» Headland Archaeology feature in an article for the Cork Chamber of Commerce

'Unearthing a Niche Market: Archaeology and Wind Farms'

Posted: June 2009


» Profiles of Headland Ireland Directors featured in the magazine RSVP Appointments

Ross MacLeod and Damian Shiels

Posted: June 2009


» Article in the Irish Times – 'Changing Landscape of Archaeology'

Posted: June 2009


» Article in Building News – 'UK Heritage Legislation Set To Make Waves'

Posted: June 2009


» Tim Holden is featured in an article in 'Business 7'

Posted: June 2009


» Colm Moloney makes an appearance on the Derek Mooney show

Posted: May 2009


» Record Breaking Year For Headland

Headland Group, one of the UK's largest archaeology organisations, has had its best ever year with group turnover smashing £12m and post tax transfers to reserves topping £1m for the year ended 31 May 2008. »»

Posted: April 2009


» Press reports on Headland Archaeology's strong business performance

Profits in prehistory as Headland turnover climbs.»»

Posted: April 2009


» Cork firm bullish over future as revenue grows

A Cork-based archaeological firm that grew its turnover by more than 20% last year said it is well placed to beat the recession and grow its business.

Headland Archaeology (Ireland) had a dip in pre-tax profits to just under €500,000 in the year to the end of May 2008 from €700,000 in the previous year as it gears up for growth.»»

Posted: March 2009


» Tram workers find secret chambers beneath Princes Street, Edinburgh

Mikael Simonsson, whilst monitoring tramworks, has discovered three mysterious underground chambers on Princes Street which could date as far back as the 18th century.»»

Posted: March 2009

Julie Lochrie

» The first NVQs in Archaeological practice

Julie Lochrie started with Headland on the workplace learning programme in 2007 as a prehistoric finds specialist. We are pleased that she is now employed as a full time specialist on our Edinburgh finds team.»»

Posted: February 2009


» Unlocking Terryland Castle's secrets

Excavation work may yield new tourist attraction. A major project to uncover the ruins of the historic Terryland Castle and conserve the ancient site on the banks of the Corrib River has already uncovered a number of artefacts from medieval times.

Excavation works have been ongoing at the site for some time, and amajor archaeological report has now been completed, which outlines the most accurate idea of what the castle looked like when it was in its 17th Century splendour.»»

Posted: January 2009


» Headland Archaeology’s Damian Shiels appeared on the BBC2 programme

Britannia: the Great Elizabethan Journey with Nicholas Crane, discussing the 1601 Battle of Kinsale.

Posted: January 2009


» Junior Lotomau Sifa of Headland Archaeology (Ireland)

Junior Lotomau Sifa of Headland Archaeology (Ireland) gains an international rugby cap for the United States Eagles.

Posted: January 2009


» Headland Archaeology's Dr Dan Atkinson on Radio 4

Dr Dan Atkinson appears in an interview on the Radio 4 program 'Hunting the Beagle'. Radio 4 follows maritime historian Robert Prescott as he tracks down the Beagle's last resting place. Listen here.

Posted: January 2009


» The Buteman

'New book tells story of Inchmarnock: Archaeologists in seven year island study'. A review of the work carried out by Headland Archaeology on the island of Inchmarnock.»»

Posted: October 2008


» Sunday Herald

'Route of M74 extension offers insight into our past'. A profile of the work carried out by HAPCA, (Headland Archaeology and Pre-Construct Archaeology), on the route of the M74 extension dig.»»

Posted: April 2008


» Edinburgh Evening News

'Unearthing city's vibrant past one tiny piece at a time'. Headland Archaeology's James McMeekin is interviewed on the excavation of Grassmarket, Edinburgh.»»

Posted: January 2008



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