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Welcome to the UKs Premier Heritage Services Provider

Welcome to the UKs leading archaeological services provider. Whether you require consultancy, fieldwork, design or specialist services ARS Ltd can provide you with the complete solution at competitive prices. Our highly skilled staff include heritage consultants, field archaeologists, historic building recording specialists, experts in finds analysis and environmental archaeology and our design team who produce exhibitions, display boards, books and reconstructions.


We routinely work with a wide range of commercial clients on both small and large jobs, as well as national and local government, national parks, universities, charities, museums, the Heritage Lottery Fund, community groups and others. Please browse our website which contains information about our archaeological consultancy services and archaeological contracting services as well resources for schools, researchers and the public.




Our aim is to consistently provide the best possible outcomes for our customers by ensuring that their goals are achieved, helping to maximise value to the project, whilst delivering the benefits of heritage to society. We achieve this by supplying high quality archaeological consultancy and all related contracting services as a joined up whole thereby maximising our efficiency, speed of delivery and strategic input to add value to our clients' projects. This allows us to keep our costs competitive whilst focusing on delivering bespoke customer service. You can be sure of being assisted by skilled, hard-working and motivated staff who take a pride in their work and deliver jobs on time.

At ARS Ltd we are more than archaeologists, we are also experienced business people. As a successful company we pride ourselves on our professional service, our record of delivery and the trusting relationships we build and maintain with our clients. We are committed to sustainable development and maintaining our high environmental standards, so you can rely on us to strengthen your supply chain environmental credentials and deliver significant additions to your sustainability record.

Client and Community resources

Client Resources

Please find links below to documents that may be of help in commissioning archaeological work. We also have links to policy, guidance and other useful documents on our Planning Information page. If you would like further advice to help with your individual needs please do not hesitate to ring us on 01629 814540 for a free, no obligation consultation. We are always keen to hear from you and you just need to ask to speak to one of our consultants.

Community Resources

Radiocarbon Dating Fund

Archaeological Research Services Ltd (ARS Ltd) and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) have set up a new ‘Community Archaeology Radiocarbon Dating Fund' (CARD Fund) as of January 2016.

The scheme is intended to provide support to community groups and projects to acquire radiocarbon dates for their projects. The scheme is open to community-based projects throughout all of the UK with a closing date of 30th September each year, shortly after which a decision will be made on which applications are successful. All the necessary information is available on the Fund’s website ( with applications via the on-line application form.

Public Library

The ARS Ltd library, located in Bakewell, is open to the public and books, periodicals and off-prints can be consulted during normal working hours, Monday to Friday, but books are not allowed to be taken out. The library is very extensive and we have a wide range of regional journals covering large parts of the UK as well as seminal volumes and computer access to various online journals. Our library catalogue is now available to consult online prior to your visit. There are copying, tea and coffee making and toilet facilities available. Please give us a ring to let us know you are coming if possible. We look forward to welcoming you to our library soon.

Project Development Service

For community groups and charities looking to get archaeological projects off the ground we can provide free support and specialist project development and application assistance to selected projects. We have a national reputation, and are leaders in, supporting community groups to deliver inspirational projects at local, regional and national scales. Please do not hesitate to contact us at our Bakewell office to see if we can help with your project.