Archaeology Updates – March 2016

Neo Environmental have just completed six weeks of archaeological monitoring for the installation of a 9.5MW solar farm in Essex. The surrounding archaeological context to the site was particularly rich in prehistoric remains including Bronze Age cremation burials and cropmarks indicative of prehistoric settlement. Our archaeological team monitored over 1km of cable trenches and 500m of access track required for the installation of the scheme.
Recently, we were involved in assessing the potential impact of an energy from waste site in Falkirk which was within the buffer zone for the Antonine Wall; a World Heritage Site running across Central Scotland. Our team were also out in the Scottish Borders to conduct an archaeological assessment of land adjacent to a Category B listed Church in Eddleston to ascertain the archaeological potential of the site as part of a planning application for a residential development. In addition, we conducted a walkover survey of a section of General Wade’s Military Road in Perth and Kinross prior to the installation of a tourist view point near the Devil’s Elbow close to the A93.
The heritage and archaeology team have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest our new offices in England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have been generating. We have been particularly busy conducting evaluations for housing projects in Northamptonshire and are excited to be part of the first solar farm applications in the Republic of Ireland.
Our geophysics department has been going from strength to strength and we have been busy conducting surveys in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the first three months of the New Year.

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