Core research

Survey, mapping or evaluation?

To determine the archaeological value of a site use is often made of coring. Archaeology knows three types of core research: survey, mapping and evaluative.

During a survey a small number of boreholes are made in order to establish whether the ground is intact or disturbed.

Mapping research involves a systematic examination of the ground profile. An attempt is made to find some trace of archaeological finds.

An evaluative bore campaign is offered if it is already known that finds are present.This means that samples of the ground at the site are taken for lab analysis.

The results of the core research are presented in a small report where the client can also find advice about the next steps.