Welcome to the Urban Archaeology blog. Freelance archaeologist Chiz Harward provides a range of on and offsite services to the archaeological profession, including running and working on excavations, post-excavation services, training and development work, and illustration work. This weblog will carry news of projects as and when they happen as well as wider thoughts on archaeological issues, especially recording, stratigraphy and training.

Urban Archaeology excavation factsheets

For a few years Urban Archaeology has been producing factsheets on various subjects from artefacts to excavation techniques. These are now being updated and expanded and over the next few months we will be making the new sheets available online for free dowload.

Urban Archaeology factsheet: excavating robber cuts

The sheets are divided into two series: London Artefact Series covering common classes of artefacts found on London sites, and Excavation Factsheets which cover excvaation and post-excavation issues from site preparation to formation processes and creating stratigraphic issues.

The sheets are designed to be used on site to back up training and mentoring, and can also be used as the basis for Toolbox Talks on subjects, and given out as handouts. They can also be used as a reference on site. Artefact sheets should provide a basic level of information for an approximate identification, date and a bit of background. Reading lists are provided for further information.

As part of Urban Archaeology's commitment to training and development the factsheets are all available for download free of charge, any feedback, comments or suggestions for further sheets would be welcomed. All we ask is that they are not altered -the content is copyright- and that if an organisation or company uses them that they let Urban Archaeology know. Specific sheets can be written for organisations and companies on request -although there may be a charge.

The sheets are available to download via the Scribd website CLICK HERE

To date the topics include:
Roman CBM
Clay Tobacco Pipes
Excavating robber cuts
Pits, slumping and subsidence
The Site Clean
Plan matrices
Creating a stratigraphic matrix by combining plan matrices

Urban Archaeology would like to thank all those who have commented and advised on the factsheets, these include Ian Betts, Stephen Brunning, Richard Carey, Peter Collins, David Higgins, Chris Jarrett, Phil Mills, Ben Moore, Jacqui Pearce, Jake Warrender and Gwilym Williams.