We collaborate with numerous academic staff from Durham University and external organisations on research projects. We carry out archaeological excavations, geophysical surveys and train students and volunteers both in the UK and abroad. We also support projects with our range of post-excavation services such as palaeoenvironmental archaeology and artefact conservation. We also work with academics to maximise the research and impact value of our commercial and community projects, and to implement the Regional Research Agenda for the North East of England.
Some of the research projects we have worked on with academic personnel are listed below.
Professor John Chapman
Detailed geomagnetic survey of 280ha at Nebelivka, Ukraine. Excavation work, fieldwalking, illustrations, bone and charcoal analysis. See project website
Dr Mike Church
Palaeoenvironmental analysis and publication illustrations.
Lewis, Western Isles. Publication illustrations. See project website
Excavations at Northton, Outer Hebrides
UNESCO Professor Robin Coningham
Artefact conservation work. See project website
Geomagnetic surveys of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bagerhat, Paharpur and the tentative World Heritage Site of Mahasthangarh, Bangladesh
Heritage Impact Assessments.
Dr Becky Gowland
Geomagnetic, earth electrical resistance and GPR surveys of buried pigs near York as part of forensic body location research
Geophysical survey and human remains excavation and recovery training of members of the police and other participants on a course run by Dr Becky Gowland and Dr Tim Thompson (Teesside University). See Research Impact
Durham County Council
Sedgefield East Park
Project partners: Durham University and Durham County Council. Geophysical surveys, archaeological excavations and training for Durham University students and local volunteers.
Project partners: Durham University, Durham County Council, Vinovium.org, Texas Tech University and the Archaeological and Architectural Society of Durham and Northumberland.
Geophysical surveys, palaeoenvironmental coring, archaeological excavations and training for students from Durham University, students and volunteers from the U.S.A. and local volunteers.
Dr Jim Innes (Department of Geography)
Radiocarbon material identification.
Dr Derek Kennett
Geophysical surveys at Saruq al-Hadid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
For Dubai Municipality with consultation from Dr Derek Kennet.
Dr David Petts
Geomagnetic and earth electrical resistance surveys of Margrove Park and Hamsterley Forest Labour/POW camps
Geomagnetic surveys at Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Northumberland
The Yarrow Stone in its Landscape Context: A geophysical survey of the Landscape
Geomagnetic survey of the Yarrow Stone, Selkirk.
International field school and research project at Binchester.
Professor Charlotte Roberts
Geophysical surveys. See project website
Professor Chris Scarre (Editor of Antiquity)
Geomagnetic, earth electrical resistance and GPR surveys. See project website
Geomagnetic, earth electrical resistance and environmental borehole surveys of Broadsands Chambered Tomb, Paignton, Devon
Geophysical surveys, topographic surveys and excavation at Long Meg and Her Daughters, Cumbria
Research and community archaeology project.
Dr Penny Wilson
Detailed geomagnetic survey of 12.5ha. See project website