Cutting-edge site recording
We have developed an in-house app, Plumb Bob®, to champion cutting-edge archaeological recording. Use of this app allows us to remove paper records from the field and enables better, more efficient data management from the field where it’s recorded all the way through to post-excavation. (Development, implementation and roll out has been supported with grants from D2N2 Growth Hub and East Midlands Accelerator led by East Midlands Chamber.)
“Starting in 2019, the aim was to speed up field work recording and data processing by developing a comprehensive digital “Archaeological Field Work Recording” app with the intention of replacing the current paper-based method of field work recording. The goal of Plumb Bob® is to speed up our recording, make it more consistent, reduce error and record on site using less equipment. Additionally, the creation of the app generates efficiencies and speeds up data processing in the office and facilitates the production of more consistent, accurate and accessible archaeological reports. Technical reports are the key method of capturing the knowledge and information gained through archaeology and are critical for dissemination. Therefore, it is essential that reports are effective as a means of communication for a technical and a non-technical reader. We have great ambitions for Plumb Bob® with new functionality on the horizon.”
Will Throssel, Chief Operating Officer
As a company committed to innovative approaches to ensure a more sustainable world, we’ve also created tools to measure the carbon footprint while undertaking archaeological fieldwork. The core part of this approach is ‘Carbon Calculator’, a system allowing the quantification and undertaking of comparative analysis of the carbon footprints associated with various archaeological methods. Using this calculator, it’s now possible to accurately measure the impact of these activities, along with that of heavy plant diesel, workforce travel, and the degradation of organic soil carbon that happens through excavation.
“The development of the ARS Carbon Calculator is a significant milestone for the archaeological community. This tool will allow us to better understand the environmental impact of our work and will help us make more sustainable choices in the future. Our Carbon Calculator allows commercial developers and archaeological regulators to select combinations of fieldwork techniques that are more sustainable and better for the environment.”
Dr Roger Doonan, Head of Specialist Services.