The “methodology” of the dig sets out how we intend to dig the site. The methodology is formally agreed between the developer and English Heritage and is called a “Written Scheme of Investigation”. This “WSI” sets out in quite technical terms, the way in which we will deal with the entire project. The broad areas that it covers can be summarised as follows:


The aim of the project is fundamentally to make a record of the archaeological deposits on site. However, we need to direct our research so that it fits into the wider research themes for the archaeology of London. The aims are set out in detail in the WSI and will be assessed in the Assessment Report we produce at the end of the dig to show how relevant they were.

Excavation Strategy

This sets out the way we will be digging the site. It aims to provide a detailed guide for the field team to follow so that they know how to dig what they are finding on site. This is also an important section as it makes us think in detail about the logistical issues of digging the site.

Finds Strategy

The strategy for finds sets out the collection strategy we will employ on site and also the way in which the finds will be processed and analysed after the excavation.

Environmental Archaeology Strategy

Environmental remains are key to understanding the site and this section sets out the way in which we will take environmental samples and under which circumstances. There is also a handy guide for the field team to help them know what to sample.

The Archive

The archive consists of all the documentary materials as well as the find and the environmental remains. This part of the methodology is all about how these materials are treated on site, during analysis and final deposition in the museum.


There is also a section concerned with how the final results will be published.