Believe it or not,  it’s been 20 years ago since the four original Headlanders, armed with the determination to ‘do archaeology’ differently, set up office in Edinburgh.

Over the past 20 years the company has grown from being a ‘four-man-band’ to becoming one of the largest heritage practices in the UK, with fully-resourced offices in Edinburgh, Leeds, Luton and Hereford. Understandably, they are proud of this achievement.

Major Projects

Since 1996 they have worked on some of the largest archaeological projects undertaken in the UK and Ireland; high-profile sites, such as the Scottish Parliament site; providing archaeological support in advance of major roads infrastructure projects in Ireland, north and south of the border; principal contractor for the M74 Completion Project and other major infrastructure projects such as Forth Replacement Crossing, Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, Edinburgh Trams, Clyde Wind Farm, Hereford Cathedral, Staffordshire Alliance on the West Coast Mainline and many many more.

Research and Training

Headland also run research and training projects, investigated the stomach contents of more bog bodies (and one Iceman) than you’d imagine, produced some of the major landmark publications of the past two decades and won awards, both for business and  archaeological expertise.

Over the course of the next 12 months, They will be posting 20 stories to illustrate various aspects of Headland’s first 20 years. Some of the posts will focus on specific projects but also at how the sector has changed over the past 20 years and how Headland has responded to these changes; including the challenges of recession and the economics of ‘boom-and-bust’;  with over 800 current or former UK ‘Headlanders’ out there – it is those people who have helped to make all of this happen.

So, if you want to see some of their key discoveries (maybe you even worked on some of the projects?), sit back and relax and visit the Headland news page regularly.