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Background: more about Archaeology South-East

Archaeology South-East started life as the Institute of Archaeology’s Field Archaeology Unit in the early 1970s. The first purpose of the Field Unit was to train students during the Institute’s field schools in Sussex whilst working on staff research projects in the area.

The Unit soon became involved in publicly funded ‘Rescue’ archaeology, becoming the regional unit responsible for the archaeology of Sussex. As the Sussex Archaeological Field Unit it undertook a series of important field projects in the 1980s.

In the 1990s the Unit became increasingly involved in commercially funded projects. Operating as Archaeology South-East, and re-structured to meet the exacting standards of the private-sector, it has become one of the largest and most effective contract archaeology teams working in Southern England. Archaeology South-East has now completed over 2000 commercial projects for a wide variety of clients. Under the Direction of Dominic Perring Archaeology South-East employs over forty staff and has an annual operating turnover of £1-2 million.

Working with communities, developers, local government, academics, specialists and local residents Archaeology South-East has unrivalled experience in reconciling the different needs of all concerned with historic landscapes. Archaeology South-East, now housed within the Centre for Applied Archaeology continues to provide teaching and training support for teaching and research projects undertaken at the Institute of Archaeology.

Archaeology South-East offers a full range of archaeological services to the development industry within the context of the UK planning system. We work with councils and developers to ensure that archaeological remains are recorded and preserved before work begins on new development schemes. We have a wide range of services to offer: not only do we carry out excavations, but also building surveys, martime archaeology, forensic archaeology, academic publication and specialist illustration and computer modeling.

ASE is a Registered Organisation with the Institute of Field Archaeologists, which plays a lead role in developing and monitoring adherence to best professional practice. Registration offers a ‘kitemark’ of archaeological quality. It also adheres to internal Quality Assurance procedures and through UCL carries £10,000,000 in professional indemnity insurance. The Unit works in full accordance with UK Health & Safety procedures, both domestically and overseas.

Clients can be assured that work commissioned from Archaeology South-East will be carried out in accordance with the best professional standards, including the IFA Code of Conduct and Code of Approved Practice for the regulation of Contractual Arrangements in Field Archaeology.

Burial excavation at Brisley Farm, Kent



Excavations at The Street, Hawkinge

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