Lincoln Eastern Bypass archaeology contractor earns national recognition

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Network Archaeology, the Lincoln firm responsible for the Lincoln Eastern Bypass archaeological investigations, has won a 2018 ‘National Company and Supplier’ award.

The award comes following several on-site audits earlier this year and in 2017, during which the firm was recognised as maintaining some of the highest standards of working in the country.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “We expect all of our contractors to work to the highest level of standards, and, as part of the bypass project, Network Archaeology went above and beyond in providing a high quality service for us.

“Over the past two years, several hectares of land have been uncovered and investigated, with over 200,000 artefacts recovered. Amazingly, what we’ve found represents more than 12,000 years of Witham Valley human history.

“This includes several nationally and internationally-important discoveries, including a Neolithic & Bronze Age riverside ceremonial landscape, a Bronze Age oak log-boat, and a Middle Saxon Christian cemetery with over 750 skeletons – one of the largest ever discovered in the UK.

“The archaeological work has now transitioned from on-site work to off-site analysis and reporting on all of these discoveries, so we can better understand what these artefacts mean and how they fit into what was happening here thousands of years ago.”

Chris Taylor, Director at Network Archaeology, said: “The discoveries made on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass represent one of the largest archaeological investigations ever carried out in Lincolnshire, with many of the findings being extremely important, not just for the county, but also the UK and even further afield.

“However, our work is not just about the discoveries. We always endeavour to uphold the highest standards in health safety and environment, staff welfare, and consideration for and inclusion of the public.

“Network Archaeology is, therefore, extremely pleased that its hard work on the bypass scheme has paid off and is very proud to have been given this award by the CCS.

“This was a team effort, and thanks must be extended to our field operatives and office support staff, as well as to our local suppliers and to Lincolnshire County Council.”