Barbican Research Associates

                    providing an integrated post-excavation service for the archaeological community


Barbican Research Associates is the UK’s leading independent consultancy specialising in the analysis of archaeological finds and post-excavation management. Our business is based on a tradition of quality, reliability and innovation.



The company was established in 2000 when five like-minded archaeologists met in a café outside the Museum of London to talk about the future of finds research in British archaeology - a few cappuccinos later and Barbican Research Associates was a reality.



At Barbican we aim to publish truly integrated research for the archaeological community and to promote the study of the past to as wide an audience as possible. This website contains details of the services we offer and summaries of some of the large projects Barbican has been involved in since 2000. Use the projects menu above or click on some of the links on the right to explore them. The resources tab has a variety of useful things such as details of finds groups, archaeological societies, and bibliographies for finds specialists.



February 20th 2018


The Birmingham Archaeology Digital Archives project is now complete. The results can be seen on the Archaeological Data Service here. The ADS has also produced an interesting blog post highlighting their favourite archives from the project.


The final editorial stage of the Staffordshire Hoard project has just been commissioned. You can read the project design for this here




 February 24th 2017 - ADS release


We are very pleased to announce the first part of the publication on the Staffordshire Hoard. It consists of 24 specialist reports and is available on the Archaeological Data Service here.


February 23rd 2017


Newsletter  11 is available here


October 25th - new e-book


We have just published Basic Statistical Graphics for Archaeology with R: Life Beyond Excel by Mike Baxter and Hilary Cool. It provides a step-by-step guide to the production of high quality graphics for your reports, and explains why you should not be using pie charts. It can be accessed here.



September 13th - A new article


Three of the team members have just published a new article on the gold analyses carried out in Stage 1 of the Staffordshire Hoard project.


Blakelock, E., La Niece, S. and Fern, C. 'Secrets of the Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths: Analysis of gold objects from the Staffordshire Hoard', Journal of Archaeological Science 72 (August 2016), 44-56.


It is available here -  for a price.


August 14th - Newsletter 10


This is now available here.



May 25th - Another new article


Andrew Meek of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the British Museum has just published an article about the analysis of the glass inlays from the Staffordshire Hoard.  This work was part of the Stage 1 research. The article is


Meek, A. 2016. 'Ion beam analysis of glass inlays from the Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon Hoard', Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 7, 324-9


This is freely available for download until 9th July 2016 here.


April 1st - New article


The conservation team have published an article about their work on the Staffordshire hoard.


Butterworth, J., Fregni, G., Fuller, K. and Greaves, P. 2016. 'The importance of multidisciplinary work within archaeological conservation projects: assembly of the Staffordshire Hoard die-impressed sheets', Journal of the Institute of Conservation 39, 29-43.


This is freely available for download here.




December 7th - Staffordshire Hoard Newsletter 9


This is now available here


November 12th - New article


We have published an article about the progress of the Stage 2 research on the Staffordshire Hoard in the latest Historic England Research News which can be found here.


 October 23rd - Conservators win award


Congratulations to the conservation team working on the Staffordshire Hoard. They have just won the Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation and have been described as 'the poster project of the sector'. For details see here.


October 2015  We are very happy to announce the recent publication of two articles about the Staffordshire Hoard.


Blakelock, E. S. 2015. 'Never judge a gold object by its surface analysis: a study of surface phenomena in a selection of gold objects from the Staffordshire Hoard ' has just been published online by Archaeometry  doi: 10.1111/arcm.12209.


There is also an update on what the conservation team have been doing in the latest News in Conservation which is available here.


Allpeter, R., Fern, C., Fuller, K., Greaves, P. and Miller, L. 2015. 'The assembly of the Staffordshire Hoard objects', News in Conservation October 2015,  7-10.


October 2015  Advance notice of upcoming conference presentations


Two team members - Chris Fern and George Speake will be talking about their work at the Barbaric Splendour. Use of image before and after Rome to be held in Oxford on Saturday 14th November, 2015.



Conference Bursaries


We are considering expanding the support we offer to conferences.  Please see the conference page for details.




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