OUR INTEGRATED APPROACH MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
Here at EARTH we work for many different clients and our cases show how diverse our service offering can be. In our cases you will see that we provide personalised and integrated archaeological solutions with which our clients achieve the most efficient results. Each case involves customised work that uses integrated, effective and innovative techniques.
The aim of this study was for EARTH to collect as much data as possible on the site in Almere Poort which will be used by ‘Nederlandstraat’. In particular, this included information concerning the nature of “the Geest ”site; the dating and the physical and scientific characteristics.
Methods used include auger and Begemann drilling. Additional specialist research has also taken place (pollen analysis, micromorphology and dating).
Client: Municipality of Almere, Department of Urban Development
Location: Almere Poort ‘Nederlandstraat’
Due to expansion of the Elandtocht, EARTH has examined whether archaeological remains are present in the area.
Used methods: Analysis of cores drilled both mechanically and by hand. This data may provide evidence of archaeological indicators and will give insights into the soil structure.
Client: ProRail, projectcentrum Hanzelijn Location: Swifterbant ‘Nieuwe Land’
For the first time in Belgium archeo-parasitological and botanical research has been conducted in a cemetery.
EARTH has been given the unique opportunity to analyse grave soils for the remains of plants given to the deceased.
Soil from specific areas around the pelvis from several selected individuals was also investigated.
The gastrointestinal tracts of the deceased were no longer present, but parasites (such as eggs of whipworm and roundworm) were found in the soil, along with pollen grains and seeds. In addition, the leftovers of meals consumed were recovered from the tartar which was still firmly stuck to the teeth.
This analysis demonstrates how the soil surrounding burials can provide excellent opportunities for research on nutrition, hygiene, health and burial culture.
The research has led to a refinement in sampling strategies and provides an early mapping of parasitological residues in Belgian and Dutch soil.
Used methods: Sieving, (zinc sulfate) flotation, pollen analysis, tartar analysis, microscopy.
Client: Antea Group, Belgium
Location: De Zathe te Nieuwpoort, Belgium