Archaeology is the investigation of the physical remains of the past. This section describes the methods we use to excavate sites (intrusive investigations) and techniques we use to interpret the deposits and features we discover and the samples and finds that we recover.
Archaeological excavation is the controlled examination and removal of the buried deposits and features that make up archaeological sites,
Scientific dating uses biological and physical methods for assessing the time when things happened in the past. We offer advice and conduct research.
Archaeological conservators carry out investigative and remedial conservation from well-equipped laboratories. We offer advice and conduct research
Our experts study the production of metal and glass objects and associated waste (slag). We curate reference collections and offer advice
Archaeological archives consist of the records and finds made during an archaeological project
An overview of how Historic England use computers for their archaeological excavations.
Zooarchaeologists study archaeological animal bones. We develop methods, conduct analyses and curate a modern comparative collection
Our environmental archaeologists include experts in the disciplines of archaeobotany, geoarchaeology, palaeoecology, zooarchaeology and human remains
Geoarchaeologists use earth sciences to understand archaeology. We develop methods, conduct analyses and offer advice
Archaeobotanists study archaeological plant remains. We develop methods, conduct analyses and curate modern comparative collections
Osteoarchaeologists study archaeological human bones. We offer advice, conduct research and curate collections of Roman and medieval remains