Archaeological solutions to clients in Kent and the surrounding counties

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ARCHAEOLOGY

Darnley Archaeological Services provides a wide range of archaeological solutions to clients in Kent and the surrounding counties who have been required to meet archaeological conditions during planning applications.

Who are Darnley Archaeological Services?

Richard Taylor

Richard has a decade’s experience working in the construction sector with property developers and private homeowners who require archaeological evaluations, watching briefs or desk-based assessments as part of their planning conditions. Richard leads on all archaeological and survey work and the public face of the company through his publishing and television work on Channel 4’s Great British Dig.

Fred Birkbeck

Fred is an archaeologist specialising in geophysical survey. Fred is responsible for communication, administration and customer liaison as well maintaining the web content and technology infrastructure. He also provides training on GIS, geophysical survey, archaeological planning and excavation. Fred is also our GVC trained CAA licensed drone pilot and conducts the flights as well as editing videos, 3d and 2d survey plans and illustrations.

“Darnley Archaeology’s reputation for consultation and collaboration preceded them and they did not disappoint. Fred and Richard skilfully managed to balance engagement with the site workforce to facilitate the groundworks while maintaining a discreet presence. Their willingness to commit additional resource also enabled us to minimise delays and compete the works on-time.”

Simon Greenwood

Director, The Mount Vineyard

“We found Darnley Archaeological Services to be a pleasant, thorough and efficient addition to the project team. Their genuinely collaborative and flexible approach enabled us to plan around their work and, crucially, our contractors to stay on-programme.”

Vanessa Waller

Director, Waller Developments

Darnley Blog

A successful first dig for Freddie

A successful first dig for Freddie

As it was my first time on an archaeological dig, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m glad to say it was incredible! First, I met the volunteers as we walked down to the site. We had a briefing and then we were assigned tasks. I was asked to help in trench two (the...

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SHAL Excavations: Day 2

SHAL Excavations: Day 2

David Earnshaw (SHAL) Day 2 at the SHAL excavations of the roadside Roman Ladder Settlement in the Parish of Lympne. After spending 5 years helping with multiple Surveys, Resistivity and Magnetometry with Richard Taylor and Malcolm Davies organised by Guy Topham it...

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Lympne Roman Project 2022

Lympne Roman Project 2022

Welcome to the Studying Archeology and Historyin Lympne (SHAL) Roman dig Supported by Darnley Archaeological Services.After 5 years of planning, research, fundraising and exploratory fieldwork, the excavation has finally begun. Dig HQ is up and running and there will...

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