Strip and Map

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Targeted excavation to uncover, record and remove suspected archaeological remains


What is Strip and Map?

A method of partial excavation carried out over large areas of land, where archaeological remains are believed to exist but their type is unidentified. It is often much more cost-effective than full excavation.

How is Strip and Map done?

Stripping refers to the removal of topsoil, typically with a mechanical excavator. Suspected archaeological features are then cleaned by the archaeologists, removing loose material and exposing a fresh surface.
After this, the mapping process is where the remains are photographed, drawn and described. Any finds or features are quickly located using DGPS technology. Features will usually be preserved intact. An assessment can be the made regarding the need for further excavation.

When do you need Strip and Map?

This process can be used to answer specific questions, and can be used to mitigate any archaeological potential.