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

News Archive


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.