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Archaeological research. Everything you need to know before you can start construction.


Our soil contains a wealth of information about the presence of humans dating back 300,000 years. Both on land and in the water. These human traces and remains tell the story of our lives through the ages. The soil has preserved these riches for thousands of years. It is a valuable and protected, natural archive. And that is why strict rules apply to excavation works. Den Ouden Bodac is fully certified for archaeological work.

What is archaeology?

Archaeology is the science of studying the human past. Remnants of houses, burial grounds and fortifications are just a few of the important remains. Together with such objects as, for example, earth-ware, metal, glass or flint, they form the unwritten history of towns, villages or regions. If you want to know more about the history of a certain region, archaeological research is the most suitable way to do it.

When is archaeological research necessary?

It is of general importance that we record archaeological information. Are you planning to start a construction project? Remember that carrying out archaeological (preliminary) research is legally required.

Who is allowed to carry out archaeological research or an excavation?

We are BRL SIKB 4000 certified for archaeological research and excavations. The soil is a valuable archive that we want to preserve. That is why archaeological research can only be carried out by specialists. Only certified companies are allowed to perform such valuable work. We always work according to the current version of the Dutch Archaeology Quality Norm (KNA).

What is the archaeological research comprised of?

Not every archaeological research results in excavation. We can divide the archaeology work process into different steps. This process is also referred to as Archaeological Heritage Preservation (AMZ). Preliminary archaeological research starts with desk research. During this phase, we examine whether archaeological remains may be present. If it seems likely, the field investigation ensues. In this field investigation, we inventory the precise size, location and nature of the remains. This is done by way of drilling and trial trenching. If archaeological remains are discovered, and actual excavation will follow.

The combination of archaeological research and explosives detection saves costs

We have the capacity to carry out all facets of archaeological research professionally, quickly and economically. Because we have the necessary knowledge and specialists in-house.

Before development plans can be submitted, both archaeological research and research into explosive remnants of war often need to take place. We have both of these disciplines in-house, which means you save money.

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In addition to archeology, Bodac is a specialist in detecting conventional explosives and we conduct historical research into the possible presence of unexploded explosives and aircraft wrecks at your project location.

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