Our activities include a wide spectrum of field archaeological works. We provide a complete service for excavations: manual and mechanical earth work, hand excavation, on-site data recording, geodesic and GIS survey. Excavation of sites is carried out by specialists who are familiar with the excavated periods and area.
Non-invasive and non-destructive methods are more and more important in archaeological field works. With these methods we can gain information on subsurface features fairly quickly without excavation. Geophysical methods used in archaeology are significantly contribute to more focused and efficient archaeological interventions and cost calculations. Geophysical survey is recommended in cases where before the intervention information is needed on subsurface features.
Our more than 10 years of activities include a wide range of field archaeological works. We have field experience not only in Hungarian urban- and development-led excavations but also internationally. Therefore, we are familiar with several European countries’ excavation and documentation protocols.
We provide a complete service for excavation works and excavations are carried out by archaeologists who are familiar with the excavated period and area. We provide services in all types of archaeological works such as archaeological observation/watching brief, trial excavation, manual and mechanical earth work, hand excavation, on-site data recording, geodesic and GIS survey.
Our company was accredited in 2015 to carry out development-led rescue excavations in Hungary. In Hungary, documenting archaeological excavations is always carried out by up-to-date protocols.
We strongly believe that this complexity makes our work cost and time effective and at the same time we fully comply with high scientific standards. According to ISO 9001, 14001, and 18001 certificates, all phases of the archaeological works are carefully planned and followed up.
Geodesic and GIS survey
Geodesic surveys are carried out with a Leica TS12 robotic total station mainly on covered areas (forest, urban area, buildings). This robotic total station has a measuring accuracy of a few millimetres and capable of measuring 4 points/sec and capable of real time modelling of features. After or during the geodesic survey, all data of the archaeological site are recorded in a database for GIS processing.
A terepi geodézia elvégzése után, vagy azzal párhuzamosan a lelőhely teljes anyagát adatbázisban rögzítjük a teljeskörű térinformatikai feldolgozás érdekében.
Geodesic and GIS surveys are carried out by qualified geodetic surveyors and geographic information systems engineers. GIS specialists provide geodesic support for archaeological research.
This includes, among others, high precision measuring of excavated or researched features; calculating the amount of moved earth, modelling the field to be excavated, marking the border and breaking points of the excavated area, making reports and topographic maps. Measurements are carried out with high precision RTK GPS. Besides GPS signals, Javad Triumph-1 GNSS and Satlab SL800 instruments are also capable of receiving Glonass and Galileo signals, therefore they measure more precisely and have a more stable working time.
Our colleagues with a drone license have carried out aerial survey for a long time. Aerial photographs can be used to identify certain archaeological features – fortification/earth work, ditches, walls, sometimes graves – and map the area to be excavated. Apart from reconnaissance, monitoring of excavations and heritage sites, and high precision photo mapping can also be carried out by drones equipped with RTK GPS.
There are several tasks to be carried out after the excavation. The different elements of the field documentation (texts, measurements) are digitalised. All data are included in a database, which is available for further research and an easy to understand version of excavation data is also made available for the public.
The arranged information is uploaded in a relational database. Databases and GIS systems are chosen according to the needs of the customer and the heritage requirements of the given country.