What it does: Archaeological Projects is a team of expert archaeologists who undertake nationally significant research and excavation, to contribute to the understanding, preservation and enjoyment of our historic environment and cultural heritage. Our team includes wide-ranging expertise, and has a close working relationship with an unparalleled network of multi disciplinary specialists. The team uses and develops digital recording methodologies: direct to digital recording, including in-trench survey and data capture, is supported by a GIS database system and on-site wireless networks. The facility at Fort Cumberland includes databases, robotic total station and GPS survey equipment, a wireless field network including tablet computers, and expertise in their use. There are also dedicated areas for processing and studying finds, and capacity for small finds and bulk finds (including ceramics) analysis, and general research into material culture.
Research/innovation goals and objectives: Methodological R&D including proof of concept research; sector leader in digital in-trench recording and excavation; training schools and modules on digital recording; general research into material culture; guidance on publication, methods and techniques; efficiencies in information capture, quality and sharing.
Why it is important: The resource provides expertise in excavation and post-excavation, and in research and development of archaeological digital recording methods and approaches, together with advice and guidance to the sector.