Heritage Recording Services Wales - HERITAGE & ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTRACTOR AND CONSULTANT
HRS Wales Services
 
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 HRS Wales offers competitive rates at affordable prices for heritage organisations, private companies, private developers and the construction and civil engineering industry.
 
HRS Wales offers customers professional consultation and a variety of  heritage and archaeological services to suit each customers needs and requirements. HRS Wales abides by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) code of approved practice for the regulation of contractual arrangements in field archaeology.   CIfA Codes of practice
 
The following services are offered by HRS Wales. The definition given for each of these services is as defined by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) Standards and Guidance notes.
 
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Archaeological Watching Brief
  • Desk Based Assessment
  • Archaeological Building Investigation Recording
  • Archaeological Field Evaluation
  • Archaeological Excavation
  • Field and Topographic Surveys
  • Photography and Graphic Design
  
Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
 
Operational Windfarm in Clwyd, Powys. Environmental Impact Assessment.Detailed cultural heritage and archaeological studies are often a necessary element in any Environmental Impact Assessments or Conservation Management Plan.
Addressing cultural heritage and archaeological concerns  at an early stage in any projects development proposals is an essential step in avoiding costly delays and potential development redesign later in the course of a project. HRS Wales offers a multi-faceted, integrated and comprehensive service to address these concerns:
 
  • HRS Wales offers professional consultancy, expert witness and design advice in respect of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Impact Assessments.
  • HRS Wales is able to undertake Conservation Management Plans and Historic Character Area Appraisals.
  • In light of EIAs, HRS Wales is able to offer high standard and thorough Desk Based Assessments, Historic building recording, Field surveys, Archaeological evaluations, Site investigation, mitigation, interpretation and high quality presentation.
  • HRS Wales also has experience in attending and participating in Public Inquiries.
 
HRS Wales has extensive experience in working on many large GIS-led commercial, residential,  industrial and environmental developments with respect to EIAs across England and Wales. Projects have included:
 
  •  residential and commercial regeneration projects
  •  industrial developments e.g open-casting sites, energy power plants
  •  environmental/renewable energy projects and developments e.g wind farms, Solar Parks  throughout England and Wales.       
 
   
Archaeological Watching Brief (WB) 
  
 
Watching Brief Photo of archaeology services undertaken by Heritage Recording Services Wales - Heritage and Archaeological contractor and consultant 2
 A watching brief is a formal programme of observation and investigation conducted during any operation carried out for non-archaeological reasons. This will be within a specified area or site on land, inter-tidal zone or underwater, where there is a possibility that archaeological deposits may be disturbed or destroyed. The programme will result in the preparation of a report and ordered archive. This definition and Standard do not cover chance observations, which should lead to an appropriate archaeological project being designed and implemented, nor do they apply to monitoring for preservation of remains in situ.
 
Construction of Wind Turbine base during archaeological watching brief for the Maerdy Windfarm, Rhondda, Cynon TaffWhatever your development proposals are, from house extension to large scale construction, you may have to address archaeological conditions set by your local planning authority, the county archaeologist or other statutory bodies such as Cadw or English Heritage. Such planning conditions may require that any groundwork should be monitored by a suitably qualified archaeologist. Should such an event occur then the contracted archaeologist would seek to minimise both the risk to the archaeology and delays to your project. 

Remains of 14th Century Water Well at Bridge House, Tenby, PembrokeshireIn undertaking a watching brief, HRS Wales would liaise with the appropriate authorities, produce a site report and organise a publication in a relevant academic journal where necessary. Most watching briefs will require only simple recording methods which will be later compiled into a report containing advice as to archaeological potential of a site and any potential problems likely to be encountered. Should there be further mitigation measures required during or following the watching brief, then HRS Wales is able to provide these, subject to contract. Contact us for details
 
Desk Based Assessments (DBA)
 
 
image of John Speeds map of Carmarthenshire 1610, for Desk based assessment undertaken by Photo-montage of archaeological services undertaken by Heritage Recording Services Wales - Heritage and Archaeological contractor and consultant A desk-based assessment will determine, as far as is reasonably possible from existing records, the nature of the archaeological resource within a specified area. It will be undertaken using appropriate methods and practices which satisfy the stated aims of the project, and which comply with the Code of conduct, Code of approved practice for the regulation of contractual arrangements in field archaeology, and other relevant by-laws of the CIfA.
 
 The definition of desk-based assessment is a programme of assessment of the known or potential archaeological resource within a specified area or site on land, inter-tidal zone or underwater. It consists of a collation of existing written, graphic, photographic and electronic information in order to identify the likely character, extent, quality and worth of the known or potential archaeological resource in a local, regional, national or international context as appropriate.
 
The purpose of desk-based assessments is to gain information about the known or potential archaeological resource within a given area or site (including the presence or absence, character and extent, date, integrity, state of preservation and relative quality of the potential archaeological resource), in order to make an assessment
of its merit in context, leading to one or more of the following:
 
• the formulation of a strategy to ensure the recording, preservation or management of the resource.
 
• the formulation of a strategy for further investigation, whether or not intrusive, where the character and value of the resource is not sufficiently defined to permit a mitigation strategy or other response to be devised.
 
• the formulation of a proposal for further archaeological investigation within a programme of research.
 
A desk-based assessment may therefore be instigated or commissioned by a number of different individuals or organisations, including local planning authorities, national advisory bodies, government agencies, private landowners, developers or their agents, archaeological researchers etc. A cultural heritage and archaeological desk based assessment will also form an essential part of an Environmental Impact Assessment, in conjunction with a site visit or field survey.
 
 A Desk Based Assessment can be prepared by HRS Wales on your behalf to the specification that will be provided by the County Archaeologist.  In undertaking a DBA, HRS Wales would liaise with the appropriate authorities, produce a site report and organise a publication in a relevant academic journal where necessary. The final report will contain advice as to archaeological potential of a site and any potential problems likely to be encountered. Should there be further mitigation measures required during or following the DBA, then HRS Wales is able to provide these, subject to contract. Contact for details
 
Archaeological Building Investigation & Recording (ABIR)
 
 
Standing Buillding photo undertaken by Heritage Recording Services Wales - Heritage and Archaeological contractor and consultant A programme of archaeological building investigation and recording will determine, as far as is reasonably possible, the nature of the archaeological resource associated with a specified building, structure or complex. It will draw on existing records (both archaeological and historical sources) and fieldwork. It will be undertaken using appropriate methods and practices which satisfy the stated aims of the project, and which comply with the Code of conduct, Code of approved practice for the regulation of contractual arrangements in field archaeology, and other relevant by-laws of the CIfA. The programme will result in the production of drawings, an ordered accessible archive and a report.
 
Sketty Isaf, Glamorgan.  Central Porch. Building Recording. The definition of archaeological building investigation and recording (ABIR) is a programme of work intended to establish the character, history, dating, form and archaeological development of a specified building, structure, or complex and its setting, including buried components, on land, inter-tidal zone or underwater.
 
An ABIR may arise from one or more of the following:
 
  • prior to, during and on completion of works of repair, alteration, management or demolition.
 
  • as part of the planning process.
  • in a conservation area, where records of buildings, structures or complexes and their setting may assist the local authority to determine the impact of a given proposal on the character of the conservation area as well as assessing individual buildings and structures of importance.
  • under the provisions of the Ecclesiastical Exemption (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Order 1994 relating to places of worship and their internal systems of control, and such similar provisions in Wales.
  • as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
  • as the basis for, or in conjunction with, proposals or specifications for work (eg those of an architect, engineer, builder or chartered surveyor) to a building, structure, or complex and its setting.
  •  as part of an agreed strategy in mitigation of damage or loss to a building, structure or complex and its setting, including a process of controlled demolition or re-erection.
  • in conjunction with a programme of archaeological assessment, field evaluation or excavation.
  • in connection with the preparation of conservation or management plans by private, local, national or international bodies; for example as part of a total facility management scheme in a museum or related context, or where a building is seen to be at risk.
  • within the context of the interpretation and presentation of the site to the public.
  • within a programme of research not generated by a specific threat to the archaeological resource.
  • within the context of a threat from natural agencies.
  • as part of a disaster mitigation plan by way of insurance against loss or damage.
 
18th Century stone barn at Tump Farm, Glamorganshire. Standing Building Recording.An ABIR may therefore be commissioned by a number of different individuals or organisations, including local planning authorities, national advisory bodies, government agencies, private owners, developers or their agents, archaeological and architectural researchers, etc.
 
All ABIR projects required as a consequence of the planning process will be guided by an agreed form and level of building recording set out in a design brief produced or agreed by the local planning authority. Building recording levels in Wales are presently informed by English Heritage, who specify four levels of recording. They range from Level 1, the simplest, consisting of photographs and brief notes, to Level 4, containing a full historical analysis, supported by a comprehensive drawn and photographic record.
 
Sketty-Isaf, Glamorgan. Front elevation drawing by HRS Wales, Building Recording.In undertaking a programme of ABIR, HRS Wales would liaise with the appropriate authorities, produce a site report based on the results and organise a publication in a relevant academic journal where necessary.  Should there be further mitigation measures required during or following the watching brief, then HRS Wales is able to provide these, subject to contract.   Contact us for details
 
Field Evaluations (FE)
 
 
evaluation trench photo of archaeological services undertaken by Heritage Recording Services Wales - Heritage and Archaeological contractor and consultant 2
An archaeological field evaluation will determine, as far as is reasonably possible, the nature of the archaeological resource within a specified area using appropriate methods and practices. These will satisfy the stated aims of the project, and comply with the Code of conduct, Code of approved practice for the regulation of contractual arrangements in field archaeology, and other relevant by-laws of the CIfA.The definition of archaeological field evaluation is a limited programme of non-intrusive and/or intrusive fieldwork which determines the presence or absence of archaeological features, structures, deposits, artefacts or ecofacts within a specified area or site on land, inter-tidal zone or underwater. If such archaeological remains are present field evaluation defines their character, extent, quality and preservation, and enables an assessment of their worth in a local, regional, national or international context as appropriate.
 
The purpose of FE is to gain information about the archaeological resource within a given area or site (including its presence or absence, character, extent, date, integrity, state of preservation and quality), in order to make an assessment of its
merit in the appropriate context, leading to one or more of the following:
 
  • the formulation of a strategy to ensure the recording, preservation or management of the resource.
 
  • the formulation of a strategy to mitigate a threat to the archaeological resource.
 
  • the formulation of a proposal for further archaeological investigation within a programme of research.
 
In undertaking an archaeological field evaluation, HRS Wales would liaise with the appropriate authorities, produce a site report based on the results and organise a publication in a relevant academic journal where necessary.  Should there be further mitigation measures required during or following the evaluation work, then HRS Wales is able to provide these, subject to contract.  Contact us for details
 
Excavation (Ex)
 
 
archaeological excavation photo Photo of archaeological services undertaken by Heritage Recording Services Wales - Heritage and Archaeological contractor and consultant 2
 
An archaeological excavation will examine and record the
archaeological resource within a specified area using
appropriate methods and practices. These will satisfy the stated aims of the project, and comply with the Code of conduct, Code of approved practice for the regulation of contractual arrangements in field archaeology, and other relevant by-laws of the CIfA. It will result in one or more published accounts and an ordered, accessible archive.
 
The definition of archaeological excavation is a programme of controlled, intrusive fieldwork with defined research objectives which examines, records and interprets archaeological deposits, features and structures and, as appropriate, retrieves artefacts, ecofacts and other remains within a specified area or site on land, inter-tidal zone or underwater. The records made and objects gathered during fieldwork are studied and the results of that study published in detail appropriate to the project design.
 
The purpose of excavation is to examine the archaeological resource within a given area or site within a framework of defined research objectives, to seek a better understanding of and compile a lasting record of that resource, to analyse and interpret the results, and disseminate them.
 
HRS Wales is able to offer small-scale excavation work if required and In undertaking an archaeological excavation, HRS Wales would liaise with the appropriate authorities, produce a comprehensive site report based on the results and organise a publication in a relevant academic journal where necessary.  Should there be further mitigation measures or post excavation work required  as a result of the work, then HRS Wales is able to provide these, subject to contract. As a result of excavation work, there may also be the need for specialists at the post excavation stage, with regard to elements such as Radiocarbon dating, specialist pottery analysis, Dendrochronological studies etc. HRS Wales is able to provide these services if required, subject to consultation with the appropriate authorities and contract.  Contact us for details
 
 
Field and Topographic Surveys
 
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Photography & Graphic Design
 
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