Oxford Archaeology is a leading commercial heritage services provider and one of the longest established, having been founded in 1973. Since then, we have grown side by side with the development of heritage provision in planning.

Over the last half century, we have been involved in the largest (and smallest) development schemes in the UK and beyond. Whether it is monitoring churchyard drainage installations, advising on the heritage impact of solar farms, investigating royal palaces, recording and rescuing Roman mosaics on the banks of the Euphrates, or working on the largest infrastructure projects in the UK, Oxford Archaeology has unparalleled experience and expertise in navigating to the best outcomes where development and heritage come together. 

We constantly seek to innovate and improve to ensure that the service we deliver offers maximum value to our clients. We recognise that developers need commercially aware archaeologists who can provide solutions to their business needs and planning requirements, and maximise the social value generated by their projects. We understand the need to manage budgets and timetables, and to minimise the effects of unexpected discoveries. As members of your design team, we will give you realistic support and advice from the earliest stages of your project. Our experts will work with you to reduce the risks and manage costs.

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The UK is home to some of the world’s most important archaeological sites. Protecting our known and unknown heritage assets is essential to understanding our shared human story. The UK planning system recognises the importance of the historic environment for society and requires that appropriate steps are taken to safeguard it.  

Oxford Archaeology has the expertise to assist clients at all stages of the planning system, from project inception to completion, and creating a legacy of positive social impact.