Wade/River Assessments are used to evaluate the river bed and banks for any archaeological and cultural heritage remains and assess the potential impact of development, including temporary works, on these remains.
In general, a visual inspection identifies and records any upstanding and slightly submerged archaeological and architectural material and a detection survey identifies any metalwork. Metal Detection Surveys can also be requested in conjunction with test excavation and full excavation services, particularly in relation to works undertaken in the vicinity of known archaeological monuments. They plot any items of metalwork that may be of historical or archaeological significance through systematic detection, recovery through hand-excavation and accurate mapping and GPS recording. Both Wade/River Assessments and Metal Detection Surveys are undertaken by our experienced personnel under licence.