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Archaeological & Educational Services

Archaeological & Educational Services specialises in carrying out and reporting on archaeological and historical research for private, corporate and public clients.

We draw on a wide range of expertise to carry out a full range of work in the cultural heritage field, including archaeological desk-top assessment, archaeological excavation, topographical surveys, historic buildings recording and community-based research projects. Based in Carlisle, Cumbria our key staff have many years experience working with clients in development and control work.

The historic environment consists of the physical remains of our history and is made up of a variety of elements; it includes the character of the historic landscape, buried archaeological remains, preserved evidence of the past environment such as ancient pollen grains in peat bogs, above ground ruins and standing, functioning buildings. Parts of this environment are protected as designated sites or areas; these include listed buildings, scheduled monuments, registered parts and conservation areas.

There are many pressures on the historic environment, both in towns and in the countryside. Archaeological remains are vulnerable to destruction from programmes of urban and rural development, agricultural practices, forestry, mineral extraction and infrastructure projects. Similarly, the historic aspects of buildings can be irrevocably lost through redesign, adaption and demolition. The historic character of an area can be irreversibly altered by changes to the present environment. Consequently, advice is given to local authorities, land owners and managers and developers to help limit and manage the adverse impacts of change. The conservation of archaeological remains, historic buildings and historic landscape must be balanced by the need for economic growth, development and regeneration.