Contact Details

Wexford Office



Co Wexford

Tipperary Office

Lagganstown Upper


Co Tipperary

For a free quote contact Mick Drumm B.A., M.I.A.I.

        Licenced Archaelogist

Phone: 087 1689599

Fax: 062 61941






We offer a complete range of archaeological services to ensure our clients meet their planning requirements to protect our cultural heritage. Our mission is to deliver results every time.

Advice on planning and archaeology-      Applied for planning and found you need the services of an archaeologist? If you aren’t sure how to proceed, talk to us and we can help you to find out what level of archaeological works your project requires. Early engagement with an archaeologist can help to lower the cost of any archaeological works that may be required for your project. We believe that building intelligent archaeological solutions into your project at the design stage can help to balance the needs of the client with the legal framework that exists to protect our archaeological heritage.

Archaeological Assessment-         This is often the first stage in the archaeological process and will usually comprise of a site visit and a detailed desk based assessment. After meeting the client and discussing the nature of the proposed development we can advise on the most appropriate and cost effective strategy to deal with the archaeological conditions to planning.  If it emerges that further archaeological works are required we will liaise with the statutory authorities on behalf of the client to design the most effective archaeological response. This may include archaeological monitoring and or testing.

Archaeological Monitoring-   Some planning conditions stipulate that all ground works on a development be monitored by a suitably qualified archaeologist. We have the qualifications and the experience to ensure that this condition will be met. If during the monitoring of the ground works any archaeological remains are found we report to the authorities on the nature and extent of these remains and can advise on the most appropriate strategy for your development to move forward. If no archaeological remains are found during the monitoring this will be reported to the authorities and usually the development will be allowed to proceed. However, if archaeological remains are present further archaeological works such as testing or excavation may be necessary.

Archaeological Testing-     The proximity of a development to a site of known archaeological significance can lead to a requirement for archaeological testing of the development site prior to any ground works taking place. This will involve a suitably qualified archaeologist applying for a licence from the authorities to remove the topsoil (or building rubble in urban contexts) from a number of linear trenches on the site down to the level of the subsoil. The number and size of the test trenches is site specific but generally the trenches will coincide with areas to be physically impacted by the development and/ or the areas with the greatest potential to have archaeological remains. In the case of a one off rural house build it would be normal practice to excavate test trenches in the footprint of the building, garage and septic tank etc. A report of the findings would be forwarded to the authorities and if no remains are present usually the development is allowed to proceed. If archaeological remains are present it may be possible to redesign the development to allow the remains to be preserved in situ. This means that the cost of a full excavation can be avoided.

Archaeological Excavation-       If archaeological remains are found in testing or monitoring and it is not possible to facilitate the development by means of preserving the archaeological remains in situ, consent may be granted by the authorities for the development to proceed if preservation by record is carried out. This means that the archaeological remains to be affected by the development will be carefully excavated and a detailed record of their location and character will be made. A fully illustrated technical report of the findings must be completed and this report forms an integral part of the archaeological works. The specialist analysis and report production takes place off site in the post-excavation phase. The report when completed must be submitted to the authorities who will then advise on whether the development can proceed. We have decades of experience running and completing large and small scale excavations. In the Republic of Ireland, all archaeological excavations are currently licensed through the Department of the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht licensed through the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the National Museum of Ireland. We have the skills, experience and proven track record to get the job done.

Post-excavationUpon completion of the excavation an essential part of the archaeological process is the production of a technical report on the findings. The works required for this report take place off site in our office. We can conduct many specialist services sometimes required for these reports such as bone and pottery analysis, in house. This keeps the costs down for our clients. Once the on site excavation work is completed and the necessary arrangements are in place for the post-excavation works to take place the development will normally be allowed to proceed by the statutory authorities. The technical report on the archaeological findings, referred to as the final report, once completed and lodged with the statutory authorities brings the archaeological process to completion

Digital site survey-       We offer a GPS based digital site survey service. We can produce DTM Digital terrain models of any archaeological site. We use the latest equipment to produce the fastest and most accurate results.

Environmental Processing-     In our dedicated Tipperary facility we carry out processing of environmental samples from archaeological excavations. We also offer this service to other archaeological companies. We can turn your bulk soil samples into weighed flot and retent ready for further paleobotanical and radiocarbon dating analysis. In addition to this processing service we offer a full environmental service and can organise radiocarbon dates, wood id, plant macro fossil analysis etc. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Osteological Analysis-    We currently offer zooarchaeological analysis. We can take the animal bone from your excavation, clean, catalogue and analyse it and prepare a specialist report for inclusion in your final report. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

Artefact analysis and Illustration-     We offer to the archaeological community an artefact illustration service. We can also take your finds and process them so they are ready for submission to the NMI. We also provide some specialist artefact analysis. We also can illustrate any archaeological artefact. Please contact us for more details.

Geo-physical survey-    We can carry out a full range of non-invasive investigative work on your project. Services include ground penetrating radar, magnetometry, LIDAR analysis.

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