The buildings section aims to identify and interpret a wide range of building materials in their archaeological and architectural contexts, using MOLA’s extensive reference collection of building materials.
Interpretative architectural analysis, in conjunction with the use of documentary evidence where available, permits the fullest architectural reconstruction possible.
How we can help
Our service covers recently excavated assemblages as well as collections curated by museums and other institutions. Our experienced staff are available for lectures and workshops on all aspects of our work.
We offer a range of services, including:
Preparation of research designs
Advice on sampling and retention strategies, on-site and post-excavation
Advice on recording methods
Buildings and building materials
Recording and study of standing buildings (timber-framed, stone or brick, and including other materials such as roofing tiles and slates)
In situ recording, conservation and analysis of Roman and later painted wall plaster, together with analysis of the mortar backing
Petrological examination and identification of ceramic building materials (thin-sections provided by client)
Expert identification and interpretation of:
Ceramic and stone building materials from the Roman period to the end of the 19th century
Architectural worked stone, including the reconstruction of buildings or parts of buildings, and including methods of working stones
Medieval and later floor tiles, including fabric types and decoration
Tin-glazed wall and floor tiles
Netherlands hearthbricks and stove tiles
Early-Tudor architectural terracotta
Daub and mud-brick
New business enquiries
Call 020 7410 2200 or email us to enquire about commissioning work.
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Mitre Square stove tiles