What is contract archaeology?

Contract archaeology (often called “rescue” or “salvage” archaeology) is archaeological survey and excavation carried out, under commercial contract, in areas threatened by, or revealed by, construction or other development. Such development may include dams, highway projects, major construction, cable laying or even before the onset of war operations. Unlike traditional survey and excavation, rescue archaeology must be undertaken at speed. Rescue archaeology is included in the broader category of “Cultural resource management” cultural resource management (CRM)”.

Rescue archaeology occurs on sites about to be destroyed but on occasion may include in situ preservation of any finds, or protective measures taken to preserve an unexcavated site beneath a building, for example. Urban areas with many overlaid years of habitation are often candidates for rescue archaeology.

The focus of early work was in setting up organisations that could undertake ‘rescue’ excavations in the teeth of the bulldozer. Archaeologists relied on the goodwill of the developer to provide the opportunity to record remains. In more recent use, an archaeological survey may be required by planning process or building law (link to law). Contract or commercial archaeology services have sprung up to meet the needs of developers to comply with local laws and planning regulations.

For a more detailed account in English see:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_archaeology.

Y.G. Archaeology – consulting and salvage excavation

Y.G. Archaeology was established in 1996 by Yehuda Govrin and was the first archaeological consulting firm in the country. Y.G. Archaeology came under the academic umbrella of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, Hebrew Union College in 2005.

Y.G. Archaeology provides consultation, emergency survey and salvage excavation services. We will help you, the developer, contractor or homeowner, navigate the intricacies of the antiquities laws and expedite the required archaeological work in a speedy yet scientifically acceptable way.

Our staff and service providers

Name Position Telephone Mail Resume
Yehuda Govrin Director
(Ph.D, Haifa University)
972-(0)52-3397200 yehuda_gov@yahoo.com
Michal Yron Project coordinator, Archaeologist, GIS (Ph.D, Tel Aviv University) 972-(0)52-8735058 michalyronlubin@walla.co.il (he)
David Ilan Consultant
(Ph.D, Tel Aviv University), ground stone analysis
972-(0)2-6203258 dilan@huc.edu
Conn Herriott Field archaeologist, illustrator, surveyor
(MA, Bristol University, UK)
972-(0)54-9403703 connherriott@gmail.com
Ron Kehati Archaeozoologist
(Ph.D, Tel Aviv University)
972-(0)54-3245432, ron.kehati@mail.huji.ac.il
Achia Cohen-Tavor Field archaeologist, Roman-Ottoman period ceramic analysis 972-(0)54-3224138 achiakohn@gmail.com
Stephania Peluso Petrography, Hellenistic-Byzantine imported ceramics (Ph.D, Bochum-Rhur University) stefania.peluso@tin.it
Nitzan Amitai-Preis Numismatist, Islamic period material culture (Ph.D, Ben-Gurion University) 972-(0)0526320896 amitaipr@mail.huji.ac.il
Ofer Gat Glass finds (Ph.D, Haifa University) ofergat40@gmail.com
Slava Pirsky Plans and architectural drafting 972-(0)54-5370420 Slava@incertum.com
Jay Rosenberg Plans and architectural drafting jay1rosenberg@gmail.com
Noga Ze’evi Artifact illustration 972-(0)25854990 bluenoga@gmail.com 
Anna Hayat Graphics, layout 972-(0)54-537-0410 anna@incertum.com
Anna Tsipin Artifact illustration 972-(0)54-2224072 anna_tsipin@yahoo.com 

Our Salvage Excavations

The below descriptions are brief accounts of the salvage work carried out by Y.G. Archaeology under the academic auspices of the NGSBA. More extensive accounts will be made available when field work has been completed—in the form of a report to the client and the IAA. Following lab analysis and interpretation, the final stage will entail detailed publication. Small-scale projects will usually be published here on the website. Larger-scaled projects will often be published in print as well. In such cases, links will be provided to pdf files of these reports.

List of salvage excavations

(from north to south)