Cambridge Archaeological Unit


The Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) has been in operation since 1990, is a Registered Organisation of the Institute of Archaeology and works across the South East/East Anglian and East Midlands area.

We provide all the services you might associate with an archaeological unit (such as pre-planning advice, desk based assessments, evaluation, excavation, historic building recording and consultancy) but we’re more than that.  We provide a quality product tailored to the requirements of planning and to the scale of the development but also bring an understanding of the archaeology born of almost 25 years experience as a company.

We run as a commercially funded unit within the University of Cambridge, so you know you’re dealing with quality from the start.  Not only can we draw upon our own in-house experts – making us flexible and allowing fast report turnaround for example  – but we can tap into expertise from across the University and beyond.

We are that rare thing – a commercial organization with a research driven ethic.   If you’ve never had to deal with archaeology before we can help, if you’re a large business we can work with your planning team to move archaeological issues forward and anywhere in between.  Above all with the CAU you get the benefit of decades of experience across the region from a team of experts who take their work seriously, can prioritise and will ultimately get the best result from the archaeology on your behalf.

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