Archaeological Management Solutions (AMS) brings together a unique multidisciplinary team of archaeologists, project managers and historians.
Founded in 2011 by Ed Danaher, AMS is divided into three service sections: Environmental Impact Assessment, Archaeological Contractor and Project Archaeologist.
Our Irish office is based in Kilrush, Co. Clare. While our UK team is based in York, England and Perth, Scotland.
Our collaborative approach is demonstrated by this joint statement from AMS and UNITE:
“AMS recognises and supports the work and contribution of UNITE Trade Union to the working conditions of archaeological employees.
UNITE supports the fair working practices of AMS which continue to deliver better working conditions for employees.”
In Ireland, AMS is a recognised market leader in undertaking the role of Client’s Representative/Project Archaeologist to a wide range of clients, including public sector and semi-state bodies as well as private developers.
AMS also provides and manages the implementation of archaeological assessments and site works on behalf of our clients across a wide range of development types. Our service offering covers all stages of a development.
Recent Projects include:
Archaeological Management Solutions Ltd undertakes EIA work in the UK for a number of major engineering consultancies on a range of developments, including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.
The areas of development range from coastal flood protection, energy, railways, roads to commercial property.
Over the past five years, Ed Danaher was contracted as Transport Scotland’s Cultural Heritage Adviser providing expert advice on all their road schemes. AMS were also involved in preparing the archaeological mitigation strategy for the Wylfa Newydd Project, which is by far the largest archaeological project to be undertaken in the history of Wales with an area consisting of more than 350 hectares.
We also provides geoarchaeological consulting and fieldwork on minerals and infrastructure projects. These includes those in potentially sensitive locations such as the Vale of Pickering, and on designated heritage assets.
An example of one of our recent UK projects is the Cross Tay Link Road.
Archaeological Management Solutions Ltd is a registered CiFA organisation.
Archaeological Management Solutions (AMS) is proud to announce we now have ISO certification in three standards.
Following a rigorous accreditation process, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has certified AMS for ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management, ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management.
These accreditations confirm that our systems and procedures are formalised and standardised to an internationally recognised standard. Obtaining these accreditations also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to continual improvement in the areas of customer service, health and safety, and the environment.
Occupational Health and Safety Management System ISO 45001:2018
At AMS, health and safety are a number one priority. We work closely with our clients and their health and safety teams to ensure that the projects we manage are always carried out in accordance with health and safety legislation, regulations, and best practice. We also prepare site-specific health and safety risk assessments and plans for all major projects for use by our own staff and, in our capacity as Project Archaeologists, for any contractors we are overseeing.
Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015
Since the company’s founding in 2011, our mission has been to excel in terms of the quality of the service we deliver to our clients. Our Quality Management System (QMS) forms the bedrock of our operations. The success of our quality systems, which are designed to ensure we deliver best practice, is recognised by our ISO accreditation.
As part of our commitment to quality, AMS is also actively engaged in the development of best practice guidance and standards in the delivery of archaeological services. Standards and guidance that we have recently prepared or are currently working on include:
- Guidance Note on Archaeology and Trunk Roads for Transport Scotland.
- Guidelines and Standards for the assessment of Cultural Heritage Impacts of National Road Schemes for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
- Guidelines for the archaeological assessment of Flood Relief Schemes for Ireland’s National Monuments Service (Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage).
- Guidance manual and toolkit for the interpretation of archaeological features on wind farms for Coillte.
Environmental Management System ISO 14001:2015
Environmental awareness and sustainability are key components of everything we do at AMS and this is demonstrated at all our workplaces.
We constantly aim to reduce our carbon footprint and to improve our sustainability by:
- Reviewing legislative and regulatory requirements.
- Identifying and considering significant environmental risks.
- Examining existing environmental practices and procedures.
- Evaluating previous environmental incidents.