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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

Going the extra mile (well, 60 metres up anyway)

Going the extra mile (well, 60 metres up anyway)

Darnley Archaeological Services were recently asked to carry out a Desk-based assessment of the church of St James the Great in East Malling, Maidstone, Kent in advance of some development work. The Desk-based Assessment is used by the Local Planning Authority to...

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Back on the box

Back on the box

The Great British Dig has been back on our screens now for three episodes with the last to screen this week. Darnley's Richard Taylor has been to Newcastle, Nottingham and North Yorkshire with Hugh Dennis and the rest of the team. They have been looking for the...

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The Darnley drone is looking at the bigger picture

The Darnley drone is looking at the bigger picture

The Darnley drone was back in action on a recent flight over the Ramsgate Gasworks. A beautiful example of industrial Victoriana in the heart of the town. The building is going to be preserved and converted and a development is planned for the remaining site so it was...

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