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What we can do for you
DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
A desk-based assessment consists of a collation of published and archival material that pertains to a development site. It provides the basis of all subsequent research and permits archaeologists to recommend excavation and mitigation strategies that are most suitable for your development. Moreover, the desk-based assessment also affords an opportunity to understand the site in its cultural setting; this is particularly relevant for larger developments where there are concerns about its impact on neighbouring monuments.
Fieldwalking is a rapid, practical but also very effective way to identify the presence of archaeological material in fields that have been ploughed. It permits not only the recovery of stone tools and the waste from their production, but also ceramic and metallic finds. Clusters quickly become evident and can subsequently be investigated through targeted excavation. Sometimes fieldwalking is profitably coupled with metal detecting work and other forms of geophysical survey.
MONITORING PROGRAM (WATCHING BRIEF)
Excavations are the most invasive and time-consuming approaches to studying a site. It is sometimes necessary, though, when there are clear indications of deposits and features of cultural significance. The scale of an excavation can be relatively small, or it might be quite extensive and take many months in the field. This work is usually the most expensive for clients, as it involves the collaboration of other specialists to date and study the material remains that have been recovered.
One of our specialisms is the study of stone tools and their waste. Such material is quite widespread and is often overlooked by commercial archaeologists. The lithic material between the River Tyne and the Firth of Forth is diverse and fascinating, with a wide range of materials being utilised at different times.
One of the most satisfying aspects of our work is involving the public in excavations and other studies. We have extensive experience in community based archaeological work throughout the British Isles, Scandinavia and North America. Some of the projects have been unfolding for more than a decade. If you are considering developing a community based excavation and need professional guidance and support, do not hesitate to contact us !
HISTORIC BUILDING SURVEY
Many developments involve the renovation of existing buildings. The planing authorities often request that a historic building survey is undertaken before the renovations begin, to record the architectural features by photography and drawings. This work also involves a historical analysis of the structure, using archival material. The duration of such a study is, of course, dependent on the size of the building and the intricacies of the features as well as the amount of archival material pertaining to the structure.
We began our archaeological research on the introduction of agriculture to South Scandinavia, focusing on the changes in mortuary practices that occurred across the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Denmark, Sweden and northern Germany. This led to participation on projects in South Scandinavia, and ultimately research positions on academic projects carried out on the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition on the Danish islands of Sejerø and Møn. An additional aspect to our studies on the Stone Age hunter-gatherers in Michigan. Here we participated on the Flat River Project in central Michigan and undertook excavations at Norwood, investigating the chert quarries. An interest in the cultural connexions across the North Sea led us to study the hunter-gatherer occupation of the British Isles. This began in the Vale of Pickering, but resulted in a research associated position at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the Howick Project, which was concerned with the excavation of the remains of a house over ten millennia old. Since then, we have moved into the study of other periods, but our interest remains very much fixated on the fascinating material lying between the River Tyne and the Firth of Forth.
Our first language is Danish and therefore we have a good understanding of Swedish and Norwegian. We have undertaken translations of books and papers into English for colleagues and have been asked to edit numerous publications and dissertations. If you require a Scandinavian language translator,we are always pleased to provide you with assistance.
Our research interests are wide and varied. Most of the research has concerned hunter-gatherers in South Scandinavia and the British Isles, but also in the Great Lakes region of North America. In addition to this, we have studied the Medieval fisheries in North Northumberland and are developing Viking Age research in the North West Highlands of Scotland. Here is a list of the research that we have been involved in:
- North Northumberland Sea Fisheries Heritage Project
- Paxton Before the House Project
- Bradford Kames Wetland Project
- Flat River Research Project
We have raised research money through English Heritage, the European Union LEADER fund, and the Heritage Lottery Fund. At the moment, we have submitted applications to Historic Scotland to pursue studies of the drained wetlands in the Scottish Borders.
Bennet, M. and K. L. R. Pedersen. 2000. A Neolithic Polished Flint Axehead from Near Louth. Lincolnshire History and Archaeology 35: 56. Pedersen, K. 2007. A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of the Lithic Material from the Mesolithic Structure at Howick. In (editor) C. Waddington. The Howick Project: A Mesolithic Dwelling on the Northumberland Coast. London: English Heritage. Pedersen, K. & C. Waddington. 2007. The Howick Site in Its North Sea Context. In (editor) C. Waddington. The Howick Project: A Mesolithic Dwelling on the Northumberland Coast. London: English Heritage. Pedersen, K. & C. Waddington (editors). 2007. The Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of the North Sea Littoral: Recent Developments in Research. Papers Presented at the Conference Held at NewcastleuponTyne, May 2003. Oxford: Oxbow Books Milner, N., O. Craig, G. Bailey, K. Pedersen & S.H. Andersen. 2004. Something Fishy in the Neolithic ? An Assessment of the Use of Stable Isotopes in the Reconstruction of Subsistence. Antiquity 78 (299) Waddington, C., G. Bailey, I. Boomer, N. Milner, K. Pedersen, R. Shiel & T. Stevenson. 2003. A Mesolithic Hut at Howick, on the Northumberland Coast. Archaeologia Aeliana 20031118
We deliver many lectures: to community groups, academic gatherings, and also as courses. The courses are delivered principally through the Office of Lifelong Learning at the University of Edinburgh, but we also provide lecture series locally. The local lectures have been delivered on behalf of the Berwick Educational Association, the Lowick History Society, East Lothian County Council and Northumberland County Council. Lectures to community groups and amateur societies have been delivered throughout the United Kingdom. If you are interested in attending any of our lectures, or having us deliver a course or talk to your organisation, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We have participated in and developed numerous community based projects and research projects, and have provided archaeological solutions to private clients as well as large companies. All these experiences have provided us with a background that enables us to offer you sound and cost-effective solutions and strategies for any archaeological work that you are faced with undertaking. No one wishes to pay more than necessary for work that does not directly contribute to the value of their development.
This is why we seek to keep our overheads low and work with you to fulfil the planning conditions within your budget. We also explain all the work to you and find approaches to keep your costs down. At the same time, though, we take pride in doing good work and producing reports that also have a research value and therefore advances our understanding of the archaeological and historical heritage of a region. When you choose to work with us, you help support the study of the rich and diverse heritage of the Tyne-Forth region.
Kristian L.R. Pedersen
1 West Mill Cottage
Edrington Castle Farm
Berwickshire, TD15 1UY
Telephone : +44 (0)1289 386 734
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