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Roman 'Perlrandbecken' or pearl edged bowl, from Drapers' Gardens
 

News Archive


16th December 2016

PCA North are in the final days of an excavation at the site of an 18th- to 19th-century pottery works situated in the Forth Banks area of Newcastle upon Tyne which us being carried out on behalf of the Marcus Worthington Group. In the medieval period the site was located beyond the medieval walls of the city on the western side of the Skinner Burn, a tributary of the River Tyne occupying a steeply-incised valley on the northern banks of the Tyne Valley. Traces of medieval boundary ditches excavated at the site probably attest to the use of this area as agricultural land. The valley of the Skinner Burn was gradually infilled from the 18th century and the stream was culverted between 1840 and 1859. This part of Newcastle became a focus for industrial activity from the 1750s with glass and flint works, lime kilns, rope manufacturers and a large brewery all established in the area. The first pottery to occupy the site was destroyed by fire in 1758. By 1787 a new pottery had been built, which at that time was known as the Skinner Burn Pottery, worked by George Spearman & Co. Three years later this pottery had passed into the hands of Addison Falconer and Co. Following several more changes in ownership it was finally known as ‘The Newcastle Pottery’ in 1862 and was pulled down sometime between 1879 and 1896. In the 20th century the site was used for a variety of uses, including a piggery, stone yard, stables, slaughter house and garage.

Preservation of structural remains of the pottery varies across the site, with most of the kilns having been completely demolished and their location only visible as burnt patches in the natural clay. However, in the south-east corner of the site the stone foundation and one course of brick of a kiln shown on an 1830 map survived. Below ground features such as slip tanks also survived well with some areas of well-preserved floor surfaces also exposed.

Not surprisingly we have recovered large quantities of pottery wasters and kiln furniture, including large saggars and kiln ‘stilts’ and rods which were used to prevent glazed wares from sticking to the shelves, saggars and other pots. Amongst the wasters are vessels which are misshapen and transfer printed wares which have not been glazed. Some of the waster plates had evidently been used by the workers as convenient notepads, including a fragment which lists quantities of ‘T plates, cups and saucers’.


21st November 2016

PCA is seeking an experienced CAD Technician to work in the CAD department, which is based  in the London Offices.The post involves using AutoCAD to produce archaeological maps and stratigraphic drawings for all of the PCA offices. This involves the digitisation of archaeological plans and sections and the production of archaeological plans, to illustrate all types of  report. These include Watching Brief and Evaluation Reports, Assessments and publications, including PCA Monographs, academic journals, and other outlets. Other tasks include: the drawing up of standing building recording; historic map regression work, and illustrations for Desk Based Assessments. See Careers for more detail.


10th November 2016

COPACOPA: Professional Archaeology for HS2
We are pleased to announce that a new website has been launched www.coparchaeology.co.uk to showcase the capability of the UK's largest ever consortium of professional archaeologists. COPA is formed from Cotswold Archaeology; Oxford Archaeology and Pre-Construct Archaeology, three of the largest and most successful archaeological companies in the country. We have a combined annual turnover of over £25m and between us 92 years of experience in the delivery of complex archaeological projects.

We have come together to allow us to bid for elements of the archaeological work required during the construction of Phase 1 of the HS2 high speed railway line between London and Birmingham. We anticipate that archaeological fieldwork will commence in 2017 and last for several years, and we want to be involved in what is likely to be the largest programme of archaeological investigation ever seen in this country. We have a set of established offices within easy reach of the route of HS2.

COPA is a natural fit as all three partners have a proven record of working together. Oxford and Pre-Construct have collaborated on a number of projects, including the Thameslink railway improvement in London; Cotswold and Oxford are currently working on a complex excavation in Oxfordshire, and Pre-Construct and Cotswold jointly delivered the investigations in advance of the Cabot Circus shopping centre in Bristol. We are therefore a tried and trusted consortium with a history of collaboration and partnership.

Gary Brown, PCA's Managing Director, said 'We are delighted to have formed COPA with our long-established partners, and we will collectively be working hard over the coming months as we seek to secure our involvement in this unique opportunity to transform our knowledge of the past societies that once lived on the line of the new railway'.


The Bolyn Ground3rd November 2016

The Boleyn Ground West Ham Football Club.
Works are underway to excavate archaeological remains in advance of the redevelopment of the site. The excavations are focussing on the locations where the new developments, built by Barratt London, will be positioned. The archaeologists will continue until all of the deposits and remains have been fully investigated and recorded, to the satisfaction of the London Borough of Newham and their advisors at Historic England.

Click on the image to read the full poster.


28th September 2016

Listen to PCA’s Chris Mayo talking last night to Mark Forrest on BBC Local Radio. Chris was invited on to talk about the findings at one of PCA’s sites in Manchester and discussed working in archaeology and some of the fantastic sites he has been involved in. You can listen to him here (about 2hrs .45 in to the programme) at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p046w4lx

: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1858675/ruins-of-an-ancient-200-year-old-pub-discovered-under-a-manchester-street-complete-with-bottles-of-old-booze/


The Lant Street Teenager

There has been a recent flurry of press interest in PCA’s Roman cemetery site at Lant Street, Southwark (excavated by AOC/post-excavation work by PCA). A paper recently published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, reports on a study of the ancestry, mobility and diet of a sample of Roman burials from the site. The discovery of a teenage girl, buried with an unusual array of grave goods, including an ivory-handled knife in the form of a panther, inspired further work, including stable isotope analysis.

The ‘Lant Street teenager’ has continued to draw attention, featuring in a temporary exhibition at the Museum of London, following a DNA analysis by McMaster University (Canada). Her stable isotopes show that she grew up in the southern Mediterranean and ended her life in Londinium, it seems she had blue eyes and her maternal ancestry could be traced to south-eastern Europe and west Eurasia, at the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire.
We know from evidence such as material culture, foodstuffs, inscriptions and contemporary accounts that Londinium housed a diverse population and it was not particularly surprising that some of the individuals tested were of African origin, nor that many grew up in a warmer climate than Britain, around the southern Mediterranean before moving to Britain. However, two or three were probably Asian and this is a first for the province, inspiring much press interest. Links to some recent press articles can be found below.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mysterious-chinese-skeletons-ancient-cemetery-shed-new-light-roman-empire-1583008

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3803648/A-meeting-two-ancient-empires-Chinese-skeletons-Roman-cemetery-promise-rewrite-history.html


13th September 2016

PCA Southern Office is seeking applications from Field Archaeologists who are able to work on sites in central and Greater London and in the wider South-East region with an immediate start. See our Careers page for more detail.


1st September 2016

Jenny Proctor, Regional Manager at our Durham office will be speaking at Current Archaeology's conference this Sunday. Current Archaeology Live!  presents a special conference 2nd to 4th September, in partnership with Durham University. See the following information: 40 years of frontier research at Hadrian's wall.


11th August 2016

We have just published two new Monographs.

PCA Monograph 19

An Immense and Exceedingly Commodious Goods Station
The Archaeology and History of the Great Northern Railway's Goods Yard at King's Cross, 1849 to the Present Day
Price: £30.00


PCA Monograph 20

A Quaker Burial Ground at North Shields. Excavations at Coach Lane, Tyne and Wear
Price: £20.00



6th June 2016

Paul Jorgensen, senior supervisor at PCA is giving a talk to the Enfield Archaeological Society on Friday (June 10) . The talk will cover PCA's work in the Triforium and in Poets' Corner Yard. 

http://www.enfarchsoc.org/lectures/


6th May 2016

photograph from the 1980'sOn Saturday, 30 April 2016, an open day was held at 74-88 Great Ancoats Street, with the public invited to view the archaeologically excavated site and some of the finds from the excavations.  The site, located at the junction of Port Street and Great Ancoats Street, uncovered several 19th century workers houses and the rear rooms and courtyard of a former pub. It has revealed a large assemblage of finds, which provide insight into the lives of the people who lived and worked in the area. Many of the visitors to site were interested to learn that most of the houses had only knocked down in the 1980s. The continual occupation and late demolition of the housing on site likely led to the 19th century cellar dwellings being well preserved, unlike the original pub, which had been removed by modern renovations. Click here to read the full report


4th May 2016

Two members of our office in London, Charlotte Matthews and Paw Jorgensen, are invited to talk at the London Archaeology Forum (LAF) on Monday 9th May at the Museum of London. Charlotte will present cases of interesting pubs from around London and Paw will talk about Westminster Abbey & the Triforium Galleries. The forum starts at 6:15. The event is open to the public.
For more information visit: https://archaeologyinlondon.com/cbalhome/london-archaeology-forum/  


28th April 2016

PCA’s project at 74-88 Great Ancoats Street is drawing to a close having exposed extensive 19th and 20th century structural remains of warehouse structures and workers dwellings. The excavation has yielded an exciting assemblage of artefacts including numerous bottles and ceramic items inscribed with the names of local residents, and undoubtedly patrons of the Astley Arms, later The Paganini Tavern, which stood upon the site from the 1820s until very recently.
The public are invited by the developers, Mulbury City, and PCA to view the remains and talk to the archaeological team this Saturday, 30th April 2016, between 1000 and 1400.



26th April 2016

More updates on our current archaeolgical works at Fulham High Street, London. See the attached poster.


25th April 2016

PCA is currently excavating a site on Great Ancoats Street in Manchester for Mulberry City. The work is revealing excellent preservation of 19th century cellars and external yard surfaces, and is producing an exciting assemblage of bottles and pottery which relate to the Astley Arms pub which formerly stood on one side of the site. The work has generated much local interest and featured in the Manchester Evening News on 22 April 2016. [http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/port-street-pub-building-site-11221280]


19th April 2016

Jenny Proctor, PCA North, has recently been appointed as the new editor of Archaeologia Aeliana, the journal of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.

From the SANT website:

The society was founded in 1814 and the first volume was published in 1822.It appeared intermittently at first, but for the last hundred years one volume has been published each year. The journal covers all aspects of the history of North-East England, ranging from archaeology (including excavation reports) and buildings to historical and documentary research, and from prehistory to the present. It has always been an important vehicle for the publication of research on Hadrian's Wall and the Romans in North-East England.


18th March 2016

Our latest update on our current archaeolgical works at Fulham High Street, London:


4th March 2016

Congratulations to PCA’s Monograph Manager Victoria Ridgeway on her recent appointment as ‘Visiting Researcher’ at the University of Newcastle.

This comes partly out of the recognition of previous research at the University for her MLitt, which looked at the ritual landscape of Roman Southwark. This provided an opportunity to draw together the results of decades of rescue and commercial work across the suburb and examine their relationship to the broader landscape. Her ongoing research interests continue to revolve around the Roman city and its hinterland, ritual practices and the changing use and form of the landscape and river regime through time.

The role of Visiting Researcher also reflects commitment to ongoing and future collaborations between PCA and Newcastle University’s Department of Archaeology. This collaboration allows not only for the valued input of academic researchers into PCA’s work but also gives students of archaeology opportunities to work with large assemblages and to experience working in the commercial sector alongside professional archaeologists.


22nd February 2016

Cambridge Antiquarian Society will be holding their spring conference this Saturday, February 27th from 9:30am. See the following link. Click here for the programme (PDF)


16th December 2015

Temples and Suburbs: Excavations at Tabard Square, SouthwarkOur latest publication has been published - Temples and Suburbs: Excavations at Tabard Square, Southwark by Douglas Killock. See our Publications for details.
Excavations at Tabard Square in 2002 transformed our perceptions of Londinium's ritual landscape and refined our understanding of Southwark's prehistoric and Roman topography. Many of our star finds were found at Tabard Square which include the famous marble tablet (See About and Southwark Council's website) and the sealed Roman container which was opened live on television (The Guardian article). This eagerly awaited Monograph on the project is available direct from us and Oxbow Books.



24th September 2015

New CEO of Heritage England visits PCA at Westminster Abbey

Duncan Wilson at Westminster AbbeyFrom L to R. Gary Brown, Paw Jorgensen, Warwick Rodwell, Ptolemy Dean, Kirstie Robbins, Gill King, Sandy Kidd, Duncan Wilson On Friday 4th September Pre-Construct Archaeology was pleased to welcome to our excavations at Poets Corner Yard, Westminster Abbey the new Chief Executive of Historic England, Mr Duncan Wilson, OBE.

Also present on this occasion were Professor Warwick Rodwell, Consultant Archaeologist, Westminster Abbey, Ptolemy Dean, Ptolemy Dean Architects, Surveyor of the Fabric, other members of the Westminster Abbey team as well as Sandy Kidd and Gill King from the Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service. Paw Jorgensen, PCA's Senior Archaeologist, escorted Mr Wilson and other members of the party around the site. Although the excavations are relatively small they will provide invaluable information concerning the layout and construction of Henry III abbey church in the vicinity of the Chapter House, the use of this space in the later medieval and post-medieval eras and, aspects of the earlier monastic burial ground.

Supervisor Paw Jorgensen with Gill King and Duncan WilsonFollowing the visit Gill King, the GLAAS officer for Westminster, wrote: "Sandy and I send our very sincere thanks to you and all of your team for making Duncan Wilson's visit to the excavation at Westminster Abbey so interesting and informative. I believe he was most impressed.

I am very grateful for the effort that you went to and that your team were all so engaging and professional. Paw was really quite magnificent."



24th September 2015

PCA was mentioned in a few news articles recently in regards to our ongoing excavations being done at Westminster Abbey. The excavation has seen skeletons of up to 50 people being uncovered, along with an unusual discovery of a three-year-old child buried in a wooden coffin.

The following links explain in detail our recent discoveries along with images:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/23/westminster-abbey-medieval-burial-remains-demolition-new-tower

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3245557/Up-50-skeletons-buried-11th-century-beneath-Westminister-Abbey-drainage-pipes.html


Victoria Ridgeway with Dr James Gerrard afte the ceremony28th July 2015

Huge congratulations to Victoria Ridgeway (pictured here at the ceremony with tutor Dr James Gerrard) for graduating from Newcastle University. Vicki has been awarded a distinction Master of Letters (MLitt) for her disertation : A Ritual Landscape in Roman Southwark. The view from Watling Street and Londinium's southern approaches.



7th July 2015

Skeleton ExhibitionOn June 3rd 2015 PCA attended a private event hosted by Lothbury Investment Management at the ‘Society of Antiquaries of London’.

PCA have worked on many of the heritage aspects of sites being developed by Lothbury. Lothbury invited the various project teams involved in their ventures to an exhibition and reception to showcase some of the more important archaeological aspects of these developments. The event was a great success . PCA is proud to have worked with Lothbury and its heritage consultant, Richard Hughes to bring these projects to a satisfactory conclusion and look forward to working with them again in the future.


6th July 2015

Side View Of Overall DisplayExtended until August 14th the Museum of London has a small display showcasing Overall displayour recent discoveries from excavations at Dickens Square in Southwark at the Baitul Aziz Mosque. This shows another chapter in the story of places where Londoners have been living and working as part of the Museums of London’s “Looking for Londoners’’ Project.  Roman cemetery remains and post-medieval find formed the core of the new discoveries.

The projects proved a highly successful collaborative effort between archaeologists of PCA with volunteers from the Baitul Aziz Mosque. The Potteryvolunteers established themselves as true professionals, one of whom has continued  to work as an archaeologist on other projects since completion of the work on the Dickens Square site. People viewing some of the artefacts

For more information on this exhibition see the Museum of London’s website: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/looking-for-londoners/#sthash.5pJUSkDJ.dpuf

If you never had the chance to check out our blog which followed the community project or would like to recap be sure to click the link here: https://preconstruct.wordpress.com/


29th April 2015

Medieval Pits and DitchesDitch which contains peices of a wooden postInvestigations are continuing at the site of the former Territorial Pub in Cromwell Walk, Huntingdon. The team have been making the most of the good weather investigating more of the medieval pits and ditches across the site. We have also found clusters of postholes which provide some evidence for buildings on the site from this period.

One ditch which is currently being investigated contains pieces of a wooden post. The wood which has squared edges has been well preserved in the Peices of a wooden postwet soil conditions and may be from a medieval building or a fenceline. The ditch appears to have been maintained over a long period and investigations continue to establish if the ditch has earlier origins as it is aligned with the Roman road of Ermine Street.

An intersting ammonite was recovered.A large medieval pit discovered against the edge of the site may be the remains of a well or possibly a pit which was dug for the disposal of "night soils" from the town. The pit is very deep and investigation continues to find out its full depth and also what deposits and finds may be at the bottom…

Although not strictly one for the archaeologists, an interesting ammonite was also recovered from within the natural gravels.


22nd April 2015

post-medieval soil depositspost-medieval glass bottlesAn archaeological excavation is being undertaken by Pre-Construct Archaeology on behalf of McCarthy and Stone and their archaeological consultants, CgMs Consulting. The site is located adjacent to the Roman road of Ermine Street within the town boundary of medieval Huntingdon.

The excavations began on Tuesday 7th April and so far have revealed post-medieval soil deposits sealed by the 19th century-20th century made ground.

So far, digging has revealed pits containing an interesting range of medieval and post-medieval pottery, animal bone, leather shoes and glass bottles. Following the removal of these deposits the medieval horizon of activity will be excavated to further the understanding of the site during the medieval period.


15th April 2015

Pre-Construct Archaeology Limited is seeking applications from Field Archaeologists who are able to work on sites in central and Greater London and in the wider South-East region with an immediate start. See Careers page or BAJR for details.


27th March 2015

Excavations at 15-17 Clarendon CentreWe have just published a new Excavation Monograph titled: Excavations at 15-17 Clarendon Centre by Alistair Douglas.
The excavations have provided an insight into the crafts and trades operating adjacent to the wealthy merchants' households and inns of the north-west quadrant of the medieval city centre. See the full summary here.



10th October 2014

Fulham Palace Walled Garden Orchard Project 2014

Following from the successful community archaeology project undertaken by the Fulham Palace Trust working with Pre-Construct Archaeology Limited in 2012, we have again joined forces to complete another public archaeology project. This time the aim is to create a formal orchard within the eastern quadrant of the Walled Garden within this Scheduled Monument. Almost 50 tree planting pits are being excavated by experienced and amateur volunteers overseen by Alexis Haslam and Kari Bower of PCA.

The pits are being excavated by hand to ensure that all encountered archaeology is fully investigated. The work started on Monday 6th October and is due to complete on Friday 24th October.

This coming Sunday, 12th October, is a drop-in day on site where the team will be working and available to answer questions from members of the public.
More details on the project can be found at the Fulham Palace website http://www.fulhampalace.org/ and http://www.fulhampalace.org/volunteer-opportunities-with-our-community-archaeology-dig/.
Chris Mayo, Project Manager


28th August 2014

A team from PCA’s North Regional Office have recently concluded two area excavations on a site beside the Custom House on Newcastle’s Quayside. The s...ite is being developed by Live Theatre as ‘LiveWorks’, a £10 million capital development scheme, to provide new commercial office space, a new public park and a children and young people’s writing centre.

Fully developed in the mid and late 19th century and then cleared, the site was occupied from the 1930s by a garage, a building latterly used as a music venue and indoor market before being demolished in recent years. The plot has remained empty since then, providing a well-known gap in the Quayside frontage. Archaeologically, the plot lies within the medieval town walls of Newcastle, in an area which was reclaimed from the River Tyne by 1400. The original north bank of the Tyne lay approximately 60m north of the site, with the riverfront now 25m further south of the site.

Towards the street frontage PCA’s team exposed well-preserved cellars of post-medieval date, these built upon deep medieval ballast - material imported to elevate the ground level as land reclamation took place. In a second area excavation towards the rear of the plot, the team recorded further structural remains, most notably a substantial medieval wall, probably a property boundary constructed as the land was being reclaimed and then retained for many centuries. Deeply stratified deposits either side of the wall provided much artefactual material and evidence of industrial processes of medieval date.

PCA is delighted to have undertaken the archaeological component of the LiveWorks project, a scheme which will undoubtedly transform this part of Newcastle’s Quayside. At a press day in June, held following the granting of planning permission, Jim Beirne, Chief Executive, Live Theatre said: “We are delighted that planners had given approval to LiveWorks scheme and are excited to move the project through the archaeological survey and then onto the next phase of design and build.”


1st August 2014
Excavations on Newcastle’s Quayside for Live Theatre’s ‘LiveWorks’ Development

Excavations at Newcastle's QuaysideA team from PCA’s North Regional Office have recently concluded two area excavations on a site beside the Custom House on Newcastle’s Quayside. The site is being developed by Live Theatre as ‘LiveWorks’, a £10 million capital development scheme, to provide new commercial office space, a new public park and a children and young people’s writing centre.

Excavations at Newcastle's QuaysideFully developed in the mid and late 19th century and then cleared, the site was occupied from the 1930s by a garage, a building latterly used as a music venue and indoor market before being demolished in recent years. The plot has remained empty since then, providing a well-known gap in the Quayside frontage. Archaeologically, the plot lies within the medieval town walls of Newcastle, in an area which was reclaimed from the River Tyne by 1400. The original north bank of the Tyne lay approximately 60m north of the site, with the riverfront now 25m further south of the site.

Towards the street frontage PCA’s team exposed well-preserved cellars of post-medieval date, these built upon deep medieval ballast - material imported to elevate the ground level as land reclamation took place. Excavations at Newcastle's QuaysideIn a second area excavation towards the rear of the plot, the team recorded further structural remains, most notably a substantial medieval wall, probably a property boundary constructed as the land was being reclaimed and then retained for many centuries.Deeply stratified deposits either side of the wall provided much artefactual material and evidence of industrial processes of medieval date.

PCA is delighted to have undertaken the archaeological component of the LiveWorks project, a scheme which will undoubtedly transform this part of Newcastle’s Quayside. At a press day in June, held following the granting of planning permission, Jim Beirne, Chief Executive, Live Theatre said: “We are delighted that planners had given approval to LiveWorks scheme and are excited to move the project through the archaeological survey and then onto the next phase of design and build.”


Kids digging28th July 2014
Great Barton Excavation

A team of archaeologists from Pre-Construct Archaeology carried out an excavation at the edge of the village of Great Barton, Suffolk during June and July 2014.

The team uncovered remains relating to the late Saxon to early medieval expansion of the village dating back around 1,000 years. Evidence for former houses and farm buildings was found, as well as several cess pits (toilets) at the rear of the houses. The people who lived here at the village edge would have worked the land and relied upon it for their living. Fragments of cooking pots and tableware were found across the site, and other objects from daily life including an iron knife and horse spur were also recovered.

This archaeological excavation has allowed us to look back into the history of the village of Great Barton during an exciting period in Britain’s past and catch a glimpse of the everyday people who lived here. Pre-Construct Archaeology would like to thank Iceni Homes and to Suffolk Housing Society for funding the work and for inviting the children from Great Barton primary school to visit the site. The children are currently studying the Anglo-Saxons and enjoyed the chance to gain hands-on experience of this subject.

Kids talk kids talk 2 money shot post alignment

 


24th June 2014
New Regional Project Manager for PCA North

The Directors of Pre-Construct Archaeology are delighted to announce that the new Regional Manager of the Durham office (PCA North) is Paul G Johnson. He will be starting with us on Monday 30th June following a long stint as a Project Manager with a competitor organisation in the region! A native of the north-east, Paul is familiar with the archaeology of this region from the prehistoric to the modern periods, and he has also worked on sites from Cornwall to Shetland in his 24 year career. Paul will be building on the reputation established by his predecessor, Robin Taylor–Wilson, who is retiring after 18 years with PCA. We welcome Paul and wish him every success in his new role.

19th May 2014

Pre-Construct Archaeology are currently working with Kent University on a series of monographs which seek to bring to publication the results of fieldwork and research undertaken by the Department  of Classics and Archaeology. The first of these, published in 2013, is a report on survey and excavation work at Nettleton and Rothwell in Lincolnshire, by Dr Steven Willis.


8th May 2014

Our PCA North Regional Office is currently seeking expressions of interest from experienced archaeologists to undertake excavations in central Newcastle-upon-Tyne and central Manchester/Salford. See Careers for more details.


4th April 2014

Featured on BBC's website yesterday was the new working Middle Drawbridge at the Tower of London. The drawbridge element was removed in 1978. This was a project which PCA worked on recording the archaeology.

17th March 2014
Our Cambridge Office is moving

Our Cambridge office will be moving from the Stapleford to a much larger office in Pampisford. The preparations for the move have already begun, and on the 31st March, our normal business service activities will be somewhat impacted. We will be in our new offices on 1st April 2014 (no it is not April Fools!), and full service should resume April 2nd.

Our new Cambridge office address is:

PCA Central
The Granary, Rectory Farm
Brewary Road
Pampisford
Cambridge
CB22 3EN

Our telephone number will remain the same: 01223 845 522

New Cambridge Office

The Cambridge team outside their new premesis

 


New Employment & Positions available

Due to an ever expanding folio of projects PCA is seeking to appoint experienced Senior Archaeologist at our Midlands Office and we are seeking a suitable candidate to take over the management of its North Regional Office, currently based in Durham. See our Careers page for more details.


17th February 2014

Dr Frank Meddens, Post Excavation Director at PCA has been interviewed on one of The British Museum's YouTube videos titled: Inca ushnus: landscape, site and symbol in the Andes. http://youtu.be/oT9NdKpUwdU


10th February 2014

THIS HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

PCA will be involved in The Museum of London Course: Artefacts: from earth to archive
This is a one week course from Monday - Friday at 9.30am - 5pm, 31 March - 4 April 2014. - See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/adult-courses/earthtoarchivecourse/


PCA Monograph 1729th January 2014

Our latest Monograph (number 17) has just been published: Roman Burials in Southwark: Excavations at 52-56 Lant Street and 56 Soutwark Bridge Road, London SE1. Monograph 17 will be available from direct from us or from Oxbow books shortly.



Open Day21st January 2014

Together with Baitul Aziz Islamic Centre an Open Day is being held at the Mosque on Friday 24th January between 1.35-3.30pm. The Open Day will provide an opportunity for anyone to hear about the archaeological investigations undertaken by PCA working with volunteer members of the Islamic coummunity, prior to the constuction of an extension to the main buliding.


8th January 2014

Baital Aziz Islamic Centre Excavations, London Borough of Southwark

Further to our first post about this site (26th November 2013) the volunteers have finished their initial training and excavations commenced on site at the beginning of December. Have a look at our blog to track the volunteers' progress, meet some of the professional archaeologists involved and follow their archaeological discoveries and experiences of working on site in the winter! The blog can be found at: http://preconstruct.wordpress.com/


18th December 2013

Happy Christmas from PCA

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a fantastic 2014!


16th December 2013

Pre-Construct Archaeology is in the news again! http://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/archaeologists_uncover_layers_of_history_at_stratford_broadway_1_3106746


10th December 2013

PCA has been featured in the January/February 2014 issue of British Archaeology magazine about the archaeological work undertaken by PCA at Fulham Palace, London, with a focus on the involvement of the local community which included school children, students and volunteers. http://www.britisharchaeology.org/ba134


2nd December 2013

former Ipswich airfieldPCA Central is pleased to be excavating at the former Ipswich airfield, Suffolk on behalf of our clients Care UK and construction partner Castleoak. The excavation, being undertaken in advance of a care home due to be built in 2015 has revealed finds dated to the Bronze Age including ditches and pottery. The BBC has reported on the finds. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-25057532



26th November 2013

training training training

PCA is pleased to be undertaking archaeological investigations at the Baital Aziz Islamic Centre, Southwark. The site is located in an Archaeology Priority Area and nearby excavations and evaluations has revealed a wealth of archaeological remains, so the potential for this site is high. As is well known, archaeological excavations are relatively expensive, and this one is no exception. For the mosque this is a particular problem as it has no source of income other than donations from the congregation. One solution we have developed to reduce costs but with no impact on quality, is to invite participation from members of the mosque's community. This solution has full support from the Southwark Archaeology Officer and from the Trustees of the mosque. On this basis, PCA has commenced site training at our Brockley offices for the volunteers in advance of the excavation. We will be writing a blog on the Baital Aziz excavation and the volunteers themselves will be contributing. http://preconstruct.wordpress.com/


13th November 2013

PCA Project Manager, Tim Bradley, will be participating in the University of Reading’s ‘Meet the Archaeologists Day’ tomorrow, Thursday 14th November at the invitation of Dr Jim Leary. Tim is one of a number of archaeologists attending from different spheres of the profession. He will be talking to undergraduates about his role in commercial archaeology, how he got into the profession and providing advice for those interested in a career in commercial archaeology.


7th November 2013

In addition to Kevin Rielly's article on the possible menagerie in Greenwich in the Autumn 2013 edition of London Archaeologist, PCA's Peter Boyer, Iain Bright and Richard Humphrey have also contributed. Their respective article contributions are about the Bronze Age environments and burial in the Lower Lea Valley; Roman discoveries at Old Ford; and Post-medieval glass manufacture in Tower Hamlets. See the latest edition for more details.


4th November 2013

Mardyke KilnA site excavated at Mardyke estate in Dagenham, London has turned up the remains of one very well preserved Roman pottery kiln as well as the truncated fragments of two more. Part of the ceramic load of the final firing remained intact inside the kiln structures. At the same site, plough marks of late pre-historic or Roman date have also been uncovered. More pictures on our Facebook page.



30th October 2013

parrot sternumUnusual Finds at Stockwell Street – A possible 19th century domestic menagerie in Greenwich?
An unusual collection of animal and bird bones were discovered when PCA excavated at a site in Stockwell Street, London Borough of Greenwich. The excavation was funded by the University of Greenwich. The discovery of rabbit bones may not be so strange, but the unearthing of the partial skeleton (skull, mandibles, scapula and a pair of pelves) of an adult guinea pig and the sternum (breastbone) of a parrot are certainly not common, particularly as the finds came from the early to mid 19th century fills of a well located in the backyard of one of the southernmost properties in this street. Further details and analysis of these finds will be released in an article written by PCA's Kevin Rielly in this autumn's issue of London Archaeologist. The photo here is of the parrot sternum.


7th October 2013

Roman vessel Roman vessel Roman Vessel

This is a very unusual vessel which was recovered at the end of last week from a Roman cremation, at a site in Hertfordshire. The find comprised a small greyware vessel with a sealed lid. On top of the lid are a handle and two small holes. This is a very unusual vessel form, with an ambiguous function. PCA contacted the Study Group for Roman Pottery to see if any of their members had come across anything like this before. Certainly this vessel has caused some excitement in the Roman pottery world and we have had a great response from people with lots of suggestions for function ranging from a costrel to an incense burner. Several very good parallels were also sent, the closest match being a vessel found at the Heavens Wall Cemetery, Litlington, Cambs. It seems likely therefore, that this vessel was made specifically for inclusion within this burial group, rather than being an everyday item. The unusual pot was found alongside a greyware dish and large greyware beaker, suggesting the grave dates from between AD120-300.


26th September 2013

possible dovecotExcavation and watching briefs have been carried out this month at Alcester, Warwickshire under the management of Kevin Trott in our Midlands office. The results of the investigation have uncovered the remains of a potential Dovecot that was subsequently adapted and enlarged to facilitate a small but very well-preserved medieval brewery attached to the nearby site of Alcester Abbey. Pictured is a Y shaped malting oven from the brewery complex.



25th September 2013

Fulham Palace

Further to our extensive involvement in the regeneration projects at Fulham Palace, London, PCA has contributed photographs to the recently launched new Fulham Palace and Gardens: A brief history. Copies can be purchased from the Fulham Palace shop, for details please see http://www.fulhampalace.org/fulham-palace-and-gardens/


23rd September 2013

A small ceramic mould recovered from the PCA excavations at Bermondsey SquareNew find!
A small ceramic mould recovered from the PCA excavations at Bermondsey Square, Southwark, in London. The mould was used for casting small objects, possibly mounts for book covers or other ecclesiastical objects. Its internal measurement is only c. 12mm, and can be dated to the 8th century through its characteristic fine interlace decoration.



18th September 2013

A 15th Century pipe-clay figurine A Fabulous Find!
A 15th Century pipe-clay figurine depicting a woman holding a tower in her left hand was found on one of our London sites last week. The figure is possibly representing the 4th century Saint, St Barbara. St Barbara is the ...patron saint of armourers and artillerymen and is venerated by Catholics who face the danger of sudden and violent death. In line with other examples of pre-Reformation devotional figurines found in London, the head of the figurine has been intentionally removed at the shoulders in a deliberate attempt to deface the statue.



9th September 2013

We have launched our Facebook page where we will have a constant stream of information about the sites we are working on, interesting finds, news about presentations, talks, awards. Job opportunities and new staff and anything else we want to share with everyone.


Cabot Circus8th August 2013

PCA with Cotswold Archaeology has just published a newMonograph titled: Friars, Quakers, Industry and Urbanisation: The Archaeology of the Broadmead Expansion Project Cabot Circus, Bristol 2005-2008.

The excavations at the Broadmead Expansion Project were undertaken jointly by a consortium of Pre-Construct Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology known collectively as CAPCA. The results are presented in this 350 page monograph available from Oxbow Books. See our publications page for more details.



16th June 2013

We have a new special report on the archaeological excavations at London Road, Barking. Click here to read more!


7th June 2013

PCA has recently undertaken a major archaeological project on the new A11 road scheme in East Anglia. The A11 Fiveways to Thetford Improvement Scheme has been long-awaited by both local residents and travellers to and from Norfolk and Suffolk.

PCA has been commended by our client Birse, the project consultants and Suffolk County Council for our flexible approach and quality of work which we completed within very tight deadline and budget.

At PCA we have proven experience in undertaking road scheme projects of varying size and complexity. All our clients have access to a dedicated project team who will liaise with their agents, architects, demolition contractors and ground workers to achieve the most efficient and effective solution, whatever the task.
Read more about our work on the A11 project here


24th April 2013

Excavation at Ely CathedralPCA has been excavating on land adjacent to the Almonry restaurant at Ely Cathedral and have found the remains of the "Gate of the Monks" (Porta Monachorum), also known as the Aetheldreda Gate, which was demolished in 1840. The gate was never recorded on any earlier plans of the town and so its exact location was forgotten.

The excavated remains of the western side of the gate consisted of a stone wall and was built in two stages, perhaps dating from c.1100-1150.

The gate had been built across a very substantial earlier ditch. This ditch which was infilled in the 10th -11th centuries AD is a very significant new find and could possibly be the first archaeological evidence for the defences built at the time when Hereward held on to the Isle of Ely against the Norman invaders in 1070-71AD.


6th March 2013

We have a new special report on the archaeology under London Bridge Station where PCA and Oxford Archaeology have been involved in a joint excavation. Click here to read more!



15th February 2013

Three talks have been added to our Talks and Lectures page.

16th March, Alexis Haslman, Senior Supervisor at PCA will be giving a talk on our excavation at Stevens Street, Bermondsey, at The LAMAS 50th Annual Conferance.

On Tuesday 9 April 2013, Alistair Douglas, Senior Supervisor at PCA will be giving a talk on The Roman and Medieval Landscape at Bermondsey Square, at New Cut Housing Co-Operative Hall.

Alistair will also be giving a talk on recent archaeological finds from Old Price's Candle Factory in Battersea, for The Battersea Society on 13th June 2013.

See Talks and Lectures for further info


13th February 2013

MOL-PCA CourseMuseum of London, in partnership with PCA is running a course titled Archaeological Finds: From Earth to Archive.
The course is running from Monday 8th to Friday 12th April 2013.
Guided by experienced practitioners and specialists, participants will learn the basics of processing finds from archaeological excavations, using evidence from real sites. There will be a strong ephasis on practical activities, from sorting and packaging, to report writing and on-site conservation.

The course is being held over three sites: London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre, our London Headquarters and Museum of London.

See the poster for more detail.



8th February 2013

Iain Bright, Senior Archaeologist at PCA will be helping out at a Fulham Palace Archaeology Roadshow on Sunday 17th March. See the link below.

http://www.fulhampalace.org/visiting-whats-on/events-adults/

19th December 2012

Iain Bright, Senior Archaeologist will be holding a talk to the volunteers involved in this summer's community excvation in the Walled Garden at Fulham Palace. The talk is taking place on Tues 22 January 2013, starting at at 6pm in the Carriage room.
www.fulhampalace.org


11th December 2012

PCA have just joined Twitter


10th December 2012

Vote for Roman FaverdalePCA's rescue dig of the Roman Site at Faverdale featured in Current Archaeology (issue 273 of the magazine), has been nominated within the Rescue Dig of the Year category in the Current Archaeology Awards 2013. All nominees have been based on articles and books featured within Current Archaeology over the last 12 months.

Voting for the awards is now open, so if you wish to vote for PCA you can do so by going to www.archaeology.co.uk/vote or clicking on the Image to the Right.

Voting will be open until Friday 15th February, and the winners will be announced at the Current Archaeology Live! 2013 conference, held at the University of London's Senate House on the 1-2 March 2013.

The rescue publication culminated in our published Monograph and booklet, more details are available on the website. Click on the images for more information.

Faverdale Monograph Faverdale Booklet


6th December 2012

Calendar PreviewPCA has published our new 2013 Calendar! Previous calendars have proved so popular that we are now offering them available for sale outside of our company.

Our new Calendar is priced at £4.99 incl VAT and postage

If you would like one of our 2013 Calendars please contact webmaster@pre-construct.com

 



16th November 2012 PCA in the news!

Some of our archaeologists have been on local news, talking about our excavations on the A11 road scheme. Construction work for the new dual carriageway is being conducted at present.

ITV - Anglia News
http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2012-11-16/archaeologists-unearth-rare-finds/

Heart
http://www.heart.co.uk/norfolk/news/local/elveden-tools-1500bc-dug-a11-dualling/


31st October 2012

The Institue for Archaeologists (IfA) 2012 AGM held this year at the Society of Antiquaries, Bulington House, London.
We are pleased to announce Dr Frank Meddens, Post Excavation Manager and Director at PCA has been elected to the Council of the IfA.


9th October 2012

Jenny Proctor at The Roman Finds Group MeetingVictoria Ridgeway, our Publications Manager and Jenny Proctor, Post-Excavation Manager at our Durham office recently attended The Roman Finds Group meeting at Vindolanda. This was a two day conference (5th-6th October) based within the grounds of Vindolanda Museum. PCA displayed information boards and showed finds from the site at Faverdale, which has recently been published as a PCA monograph. .



4th October 2012

PCA has been featured on both The BBC News and ITV News at our site in Elephant and Castle, where over 500 skeletons have been found. See the following links:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19833671 Source BBC News © 2012 BBC

http://www.itv.com/news/london/update/2012-10-04/500-skeletons-found-in-elephant-castle/


Monday 1st October from 6.00pm at Museum of London

Dougie Killock (of PCA) and John Shepherd will be giving a talk on the Romano-British Temple Complex found in the Pre-Construct Archaeology Excavations at Tabard Square at Seminar Room, Clore Education Rooms, Museum of London

This talk will consider the remarkable discovery of a late 2nd-century temple complex precinct containing at least two Romano-Celtic style temples and ancillary buildings and structures. This was located far from the Thames waterfronts on the southern periphery of Roman Southwark, at the southern limit of this tidal area at the point where the islands and mudflats met the slightly higher, drier ground of south London’s mainland. At present this is the only Roman religious precinct to have been extensively excavated in London.

The excavations were particularly notable for the discovery of an inscription naming London (Londiniensi). This presentation will examine developments on the site in the Roman period and the implications for, especially, the temple precinct in our understanding of this southerly approach to the Thames and other religious sites on the Surrey and Kent side of the river, such as at Greenwich and Springhead. The publication of the excavation report is imminent.
The talk is taking place at the Institute for Archaeologists London Area Group Annual General Meeting.
This meeting is open to all, but any voting on AGM business is restricted to LAG members.

 


Stoke Quay Open Day23rd August 2012

Archaeology Open Day at Stoke Quay, Great Whip Street

The excavations at Stoke Quay are uncovering evidence of the site's Saxon and medieval past.The tours will provide an opportunity to view archaeologists excavating the site and its medieval cemetery.

Free guided tours throughout the day, family activities and displays of some of the site's finds
25th August 2012
10am - 4pm
Ipswich IP2 8EY



30th May 2012

Faverdale book launchPCA held a highly successful launch event at the Centre for Local Studies, Darlington Library on Saturday 26 May 2012 to mark the publication of our 15th monograph 'Faverdale, Darlington: Excavations at a major settlement in the northern frontier zone of Roman Britain'. Ahead of the event, on Saturday 18 May Darlington-based regional newspaper The Northern Echo ran a two-page spread about the Faverdale site.

Undertaken in 2004 ahead of a major development for an Argos distribution centre, the work at Faverdale remains one of the largest archaeological fieldwork projects undertaken to date in County Durham/Darlington. The site was particularly remarkable in that the discovery of a significant Roman presence in Darlington was entirely unexpected. An exhibition of Roman artefacts from Faverdale was on display at the library throughout the day of the launch event. Visitors were able to handle the artefacts and discuss the project with PCA staff, including Jenny Proctor and Vicki Ridgeway, author and editor of the Faverdale monograph, respectively.

Book buyingThe official launch of the monograph took place at 2pm. Richard Alty of Darlington Borough Council – the main project sponsor - spoke about his recollections of the fieldwork in the summer/autumn of 2004 and paid tribute to PCA’s work to produce the volume. Durham County Archaeology Officer Dr. David Mason then spoke about the involvement of his colleagues – giving particular thanks to Lee McFarlane who monitored the fieldwork - and concluded by commending PCA on the quality of the publication.

Finally, Robin Taylor-Wilson, who managed the Faverdale project for PCA, added some of his recollections of the work and thanked project sponsors Darlington Borough Council, Argos and Durham County Council Archaeology Section. He also thanked the field team, the post-excavation specialists and the author and editor of the monograph and concluded proceedings by paying special tribute to the people of Darlington for their interest in the site at the time of the fieldwork and through their tremendous response to the exhibition on the day.

Jenny Proctor at the launch day The Northern Echo article

The Faverdale monograph is available to buy here



15th May 2012

Faverdale launchPCA is holding a launch event on Saturday May 26th to mark the publication of our latest monograph 'Faverdale, Darlington: Excavations at a major settlement in the northern frontier zone of Roman Britain' by Jennifer Proctor. Jennifer is Post-Excavation Manager at our North Regional Office in Durham.
The launch event - which is free to enter - is open to members of the public and will take place at the Centre for Local Studies, Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington, DL1 1ND.

An exhibition of mostly Roman artefacts from the excavation will be on display from 11am until 3pm and PCA archaeologists will be on hand to discuss the objects and the site, with the official launch taking place at 2pm. Also in attendance will be Durham County Council's Senior Archaeologist, Dr David Mason and staff from the project's main sponsor, Darlington Borough Council.



1st May 2012

Charlotte Matthews, Head of Historic Buildings and Landscapes, has just completed her 7th consecutive London Marathon in 4hours and 2 minutesCharlotte Matthews (right in this photo), PCA's Head of Historic Buildings and Landscapes, has just completed her 7th consecutive London Marathon in 4hours and 2 minutes. This time gives her a Good For Age place in the London Marathon in 2013 and 2014. However, Charlotte’s next challenge is to trek part of the Great Wall of China in September 2012; she is fundraising for Naomi House, the Children’s Hospice in Hampshire, and has a target of £3,500.



30th January 2012

PCA has opened a new office in Market Harborough to cover the Midlands region, in addition to its already existing offices in London, Durham, Cambridge and Winchester.

Much of PCA’s work is the result of client commissions in order to satisfy planning requirements and it is an indication of the highly professional reputation of PCA that major prestigious projects are entrusted to it, for instance, the Olympic sites, The British Museum Exhibition and World Conservation Hall, the M74 (Glasgow motorway completion), Kings Cross redevelopment etc., etc. These projects have included aspects of outreach involving local communities which have won plaudits from Local Planning Authorities and English Heritage.

The launch of the new office was held at The Angel Hotel, Market Harborough, on Tuesday 31st January At the launch there were displays including stunning burial pots from a Roman graveyard recently excavated by PCA; display boards and an AV about that site and the results of various other high profile investigations.

"The launch of the Market Harborough office on Tuesday 31st January at The Angel Hotel, Market Harborough, has helped to establish a strong presence for the newest PCA office in the Midlands region. Already major projects are being discussed and we are optimistic that many more will be forthcoming." - Gary Brown.

Display boards at launch Visitors at the launch Harborough Mail article

 


6th December 2011

The award winning PCA publication 'Secrets of the Garden's is now stocked in Blackwells, the famous Oxford bookshop!

Blackwell BookshopBlackwell Bookshop


3rd December 2011

PCA was present at The second Cambridge Antiquarian Conference this year which took place on Saturday 3rd December. PCA were displaying Roman finds and pottery including some very special flagons from a recent archaeological excavation in Puckeridge. Mark Hinman, Regional Manager of our Cambridge office and Vicki Ridgeway our Publications Manager were present. The display was well received and complimented by many.

Cambridge Antiquarian ConferenceCambridge Antiquarian Conference


2nd December 2011

We have a special report on St Bartholomew’s Church available to read. St Bartholomew’s Church is a deconsecrated medieval church. It is currently being converted into a private home and therefore there was a requirement for historic building recording and archaeological excavation. Read about our work here.


23rd November 2011

William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

The William Morris Gallery from Forest Road.  The excavation area was located behind the tree on the right.Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd have recently carried out archaeological excavations at the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow. The work was carried out prior to the construction of a new East Wing for the building, which will provide new gallery space, storage facilities and a tea room when the Gallery reopens to the public in July 2012.

The Gallery is housed in the imposing eighteenth century Water House, a Grade II* listed building and Morris' family home from 1848 to 1856. The new East Wing is being constructed in the location of the previous East Wing, which was demolished between 1900 and 1903.

The remains of the former east wing looking west. The 1950s tunnel is in the top left of the pictureHistoric mapping suggested that the East Wing comprised several buildings of unknown function. An archaeological evaluation was followed by a strip and map exercise which exposed the footprint of several buildings within the area. The function of these buildings was unclear, but it was established that the East Wing had not been basemented, and that there was no access to the main house from the East Wing. This suggests that the buildings were of an ancillary nature such as outhouses or kitchens. The remains of a circular tunnel of c. 1950s date were also encountered, purpose and destination unknown.


20th October 2011

Somerset House East Wing Redevelopment

King's College London have been refurbishing the east wing of Somerset House in order to provide much needed additional accommodation for the University. These works involve stripping the interior of the Grade I listed building and lowering the basement floor. Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd was invited to carry out watching brief and excavation work in the basement and building recording work on the newly exposed areas of the historic building. Read about the excavation in our special report.



Major Roman discovery south of River Thames found at Borough High Street

Image 2Almost 2,000 years of history has been unearthed by Network Rail engineers following the discovery of Roman bath house ruins on land being re-developed as part of the £5.5bn congestion-busting Thameslink programme.

The ruins, which are believed to be one of the biggest Roman find in London on the south side of the River Thames, have been uncovered on the corner of London Bridge Street and Borough High Street. The site has been earmarked for the construction of a new office block.

Network Rail has commissioned a team of specialist archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology and Pre-Construct Archaeology to excavate the site. Although work is at an early stage, the bath house appears to include a range of rooms including a cold plunge bath as well as hot rooms warmed by under floor heating. Elsewhere on the site, substantial walls are thought to belong to predecessors of St Thomas' hospital, which used to stand on the site.

Image 1Chris Place, an archaeologist for Network Rail, said: "This is a significant find and offers a further insight into London's long history. In Roman times the main settlement was on the north bank of the River Thames and was connected to the settlement at Southwark by the first London Bridge. Much archaeological work has been done in Southwark over the years, but we were still surprised to discover ruins of this nature and size."

Network Rail, in agreement with the London Borough of Southwark, is exploring ways of preserving the remains beneath the new building to be constructed on the site. Where appropriate, key finds will be deposited with the Museum of London where they will be available for viewing by the public.


 

24th June 2011

PCA are delighted to welcome Paul McCulloch to the company. Paul joined PCA in June 2011 from Wessex Archaeology to become the Regional Manager and lead contact for the new PCA West Region office, based in Winchester, Hampshire. The PCA West office region adjoins the South region to the west and covers the Thames-Solent area and the South-West

Paul can be contacted by mobile on 07714 134099 and email at info.west@pre-construct.com

Paul has over 25 years experience in the delivery of archaeological services across the UK. Since 1988 he has been based in Winchester has worked extensively throughout Southern England. Paul has joined PCA due to its reputation as one of the most forward looking professional archaeological and heritage contractors in the UK and because he relished the opportunity to head up the new PCA West office based in a region that he knows so well.

Together with the recent opening of the PCA Central region office in Cambridge, the opening of the new PCA west region office in Winchester is part of a strategic approach to provide a focussed service dedicated to clients in the regions and is indicative of the controlled growth that is confirming PCA as a major UK provider of quality archaeological and heritage services.


16th May 2011

Welcome to our new website!

We have completely revamped our website with a new design and style, new content including a whole suite of never seen before pictures from our extensive photo library.
If you have any comments to make about our new website, please feel free to do so. Send an email to webmaster@pre-construct.com


7th March 2011


The last few months have seen PCA making the news. BBC News London covered the PCA excavation of the ‘longest moat in the UK’ at the Fulham Palace site in West London. Our archaeologists are busy restoring a 95-yard stretch of the mile-long moat that encircles the historic palace and have already exposed a moat bridge and a sluice gate. The first known reference to the moat (magna fossa, great ditch) dates back to 1392, although some historians claim that the moat is older. 
The work is part of a £8 million improvement programme to the Palace and adjoining Bishops Park, with Hammersmith & Fulham Council receiving £3.65 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help pay for the project. Archaeological consultant, Phil Emery, Gifford (an international engineering company), is leading the project on behalf of the Council, working with archaeologists from PCA. He said: "The importance of preserving the moat for future generations cannot be overstated. The present excavation and opening up of this key section at the main entrance is only the beginning; in the longer term, we would like to extend the restoration scheme to include other prominent parts of the moat circuit."

Cllr Greg Smith, cabinet member for residents’ services, said:

"This historic moat is one of the most significant heritage assets in the borough and it is enthralling to see this work occur. It is absolutely fascinating to think that this moat used to encircle the Palace. The moat has been the topic of much discussion over the years so it is wonderful to be able to see certain parts of it at first hand.”


29th March 2011

At the Cambridge Antiquarian Society Annual Conference on Saturday 19th March considerable interest shown in the PCA display, there were many complimentary comments about the trouble that had taken and numerous PCA publications were snapped up. Enquiries were made about the new PCA Central office at Stapleford, Cambdrige, and opportunities for volunteering.

PCA table at the Cambridge Antiquarian Society Annual Conference PCA table at the Cambridge Antiquarian Society Annual Conference PCA table at the Cambridge Antiquarian Society Annual Conference

25th February 2011

In addition to Mark Hinman's position as regional manager for PCA Central he is also the conference secretary for the Cambridge Antiquarian Society and has organised a conference on Saturday March 19th to be held at the Law Faculty in Cambridge. This is about aspects of Roman life in the east of England and has some very well known speakers. The event will be chaired by the well known local archaeologist Alison Taylor and there will be some displays of Roman finds and publications for sale.  All are welcome.


20th February 2011

Pictures from the launch

18th February 2011

The opening of the new PCA Central Region office and the appointment of Mark Hinman as Regional Manager

PCA are delighted to welcome Mark Hinman to the company. Mark joined PCA in January 2011 from Oxford Archaeology East to become the Regional Manager and lead contact for PCA’s new Central Region office, based in Stapleford, Cambridge. The Central office region covers East Anglia, central England and Wales, approx. north of London and the Thames and south of the Humber/Dee.

The new office is at:

7 Granta Terrace, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5DL: tel: 01223 845522 ~ mob: 07887 530153 ~ email: info.central@pre-construct.com

Mark has over 25 years experience in the delivery of archaeological services across the UK. Since 1995, he has been based in Cambridge, employed primarily as a manager by the commercial arm of Cambridgeshire County Council's Archaeology Service (recently subsumed into Oxford Archaeology East) and he has worked extensively throughout the Midlands and East Anglia. Mark has joined PCA due to its reputation as one of the best professional archaeological contractors in the UK and because he relished the opportunity to head up the new Central office based in a region that he knows so well.
The formal opening of the new office will take on Wednesday 16th Febuary 2011 and various media organisations are being invited to attend. There will be a poster display about some of the interesting archaeological sites that PCA have investigated in the Central region and elsewhere and some fascinating artefacts will be displayed.