From a single church to one of the most iconic landmarks in the UK, PCA has a wealth of experience in the archaeology and built heritage of churches and cemeteries.
Archaeological investigations of churches and burials offer a unique opportunity to uncover insights into the past. Churches are often important landmarks in a community, and their history can reveal much about the evolution of local cultures and belief systems. Excavations of churches reveal architectural details that shed light on how the church was built, used, and transformed over time. Similarly, burials provide information about the social, economic, and religious practices of past societies. Through the careful analysis of human remains and grave goods, PCA can learn about burial customs, the health and diet of the people buried there, and even gain insight into their cultural beliefs and values.
Archaeological excavations of cemeteries require a high level of respect towards the individuals who were buried there, as well as health and safety measures to protect the excavation team. It is crucial to approach the excavation with sensitivity, recognizing that the cemetery is a sacred space and that the remains belong to people who had lives and families. In addition, the health and safety of the excavation team must be a priority, as cemeteries may contain hazardous materials such as lead, asbestos, and other toxic substances. Proper training, equipment, and protocols, such as protecting remains from public view, must be in place to ensure that the excavation is carried out safely and responsibly. We will arrange burial licences and then depending on nature of burial ground, remains may be deposited with a local museum, or reinterred.