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ORCA offers a comprehensive service that is both efficient and cost effective, for any area of your development project which requires archaeological input. This service is irrespective of the size, nature or complexity of the project, be it the excavation of single house plot or a major commercial development.

ORCA is building capacity in marine and environmental archaeology with the appointment of further specialist staff to undertake commercial and applied research in marine archaeology.  This is a growing field relating to the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and is further evidence of Orkney's role as a leader in all stages of renewables development.

The staff of ORCA has years of experience in all types of archaeological work throughout Britain, and the Highlands and Islands in particular. All team members are suitably qualified professional archaeologists and have considerable experience enabling us to deal with all aspects of archaeological work, tailoring it to meet your needs.

We value highly the maintenance of good communications and liaison with clients throughout each project, and our reputation for integrity and trust.

Quality Assurance: All work is undertaken in accordance with ORCA’s standard operating procedures.  Nick Card and other staff who are members of the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA), and ORCA as an organisation, adhere to and recognise the standards and guidance the IfA promotes.  For more information about the IfA see their website.

Located in one of the most archaeologically significant parts of Britain, ORCA is housed within the Archaeology Department of Orkney College, an Academic Partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands.  UHI is an educational institution offering a range of courses from HNC to postgraduate, and research opportunites throughout the Highlands and Islands.

Please e-mail Nick Card or telephone 01856569342 to discuss your requirements and see how ORCA can assist your development.


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