Archaeological solutions to clients in Kent and the surrounding counties

Brook Archaeology Limited

At Brook Archaeology, we appreciate your challenges in the construction sector as a business or private developer.

Archaeological conditions and mitigation are complex issues that require expert knowledge and professional support.

Brook Archaeology Services works with clients to achieve bespoke solutions to these complexities. Our expert knowledge and reliable staff provide a dependable and managed service to help achieve your development aims.

  • CSCS Card Holders
  • Fully Insured
  • Suitably qualified
  • IOSH Trained

“Brook Archaeology was great to work with, from our initial call, throughout the dig and with each phone call and email. Fred was thorough and made everything as easy as it could be, explaining everything in terms we could understand. His reports were prompt and detailed and he interacted with a friendly and professional approach with us, the builders, the architect and the building regs company. I would thoroughly recommend their services”



Archaeological Planning Conditions

You may have seen the following condition on your planning application

“Prior to commencement of development, the applicant, or their agents or successors in title, will secure the implementation of a watching brief to be undertaken by an archaeologist approved by the Local Planning Authority”

Brook Archaeology are here to provide the complete service to get you through your development or home improvement project successfully. We offer the full range of archaeological works including evaluations, watching briefs and full excavations: our enthusiastic and well-trained staff will help you complete your condition.

Desk-Based Assessment (DBA)

Desk-Based Assessments (DBA) review the area the development is taking place in order to assess the archaeological potental. DBAs can be produced in advance of a planning application to satisfy the Local Planning Authorities’ pre-panning requirements or to inform prospective developers of the archaeological potential. During the planning process the DBA provides important information to the County Archaeological Officers to inform them early in the planning process which conditions may be required.

Geophysical Survey

Archaeological geophysics is a low-cost method of evaluating potential development sites without excavating. Large areas can be scanned in a short amount of time to aid our experts in assessing the potential archaeology of a site at pre-application or even pre-purchase stage. Various methods are available depending on the nature and condition of the site.

Archaeological Consultancy

Our consultancy service guides and supports our clients from development site acquisition through pre-application requirements to final completion of the development project; we will explain the planning process and required archaeological conditions and provide a workable and affordable plan by writing a Written Scheme of Investigation suitable for the project specifications.


Surveys are conducted for a multitude of reasons whether assessing archaeological potential for planning purposes, topographical analysis, bulk analysis, progress reports or historical recording. Brook Archaeology offers geophysical prospection, GNSS planning, building surveys, heritage statements, 3d images and drone surveys for archaeological or other purposes.

“Our Apple Tree building project at St James the Great Church in East Malling has a long history.  A grade 1 building on a grade 1 site made archaeological excavations a key condition for planning permission.  Fred embraced the task with huge understanding, empathy and expertise.  We got our planning permission wholly as a result of his team’s impeccable work.”

Richard Dove

Church Warden, St James the Great Church – East Malling