LOOKING AHEAD ACCURATELY
Timely mapping of archaeological risks is of great importance in the development of a plan area. EARTH has focused on the accurate execution of risk analyzes. This prevents the project work from being stopped due to the unexpected discovery of archaeological finds.
In collaboration with Fugro Geoservices BV, EARTH has developed an innovative research method that can be used to systematically trace archaeological remains in the soil.
With our Heritage Risk Assessment, developers, builders, governments and other market parties get the necessary insight faster and cheaper to build on a location without archaeological restrictions.
The Heritage Risk Assessment consists of
the following steps:
• OFFICE INVESTIGATION
• VALUABLE RESEARCH
• INVENTORY FIELD RESEARCH (IVO)
• LANDSCAPE RECONSTRUCTION
• EXPLORATORY RESEARCH
• STORAGE & EXCAVATION IN-SITU
• QUICK RESEARCH
EARTH sets up an archaeological forecast model for a location by studying historical, geological and archaeological data of an area.
INVENTORY FIELD RESEARCH (IVO)
Inventory field research is the completion and testing of the archaeological expectation, as formulated in the desk research. This can consist of exploratory, mapping and appreciative research. We use a combination of high-tech, mechanical drilling and geophysics to be able to reconstruct a landscape at the time. Paleo environment (diatoms / molluscs / ostracodes), vegetation research (pollen and macrobotanic research), micromorphological research of the soil (grinding plates), dating and sediment analysis play a major role in this.
Exploratory research is focused on reconstructing the landscape and identifying (risky!) locations for archaeological sites. For this we use drilling research, geophysical research and geo-archaeological assessments
Mapping research focuses on tracing archaeological sites in the landscape zones that have been identified as risky for finding sites in the exploratory study. The research can consist of: drilling research, test trench research, surface mapping and geophysical research.
If archaeological remains are found during mapping research, the physical and content quality of the archaeological remains found is determined by means of an appreciative investigation. This investigation results in so-called selection advice, on the basis of which the competent authority decides what should be done with the archaeological remains found. The valuation study can consist of drilling research, test slot research and geoarchaeological assessments.
In addition to surveying field research, we also use landscape reconstruction for area development. This allows us to integrate historical value into spatial planning and planning and thus create social added value.
STORAGE & EXCAVATION IN-SITU
If the inventory investigation shows that there is conservative archeology in the plan area, then it should, in principle, be preserved in situ in accordance with the Monuments and Historic Buildings Act. However, because building plans often cannot be modified and the site cannot be preserved, the site must be investigated by means of an archaeological excavation. This excavation can, however, be kept to a minimum by our unique approach. If plan modification is possible, the site must be stored in the ground as well as possible.