1991

Although WA had published leaflets describing and publicising its work in earlier years, a full company prospectus was not drawn up until 1991. Development work was slowing down and government funding was much reduced. Therefore, WA had to promote itself and the services it could provide. The prospectus achieved this, and promoted WA as embracing the new commercial spirit by extolling the value of skilled archaeologists and specialists to whoever might need their services.
 
The prospectus included brief details of senior staff, including our current Chief Executive Sue Davies, (who in 1991 was one of two Assistant Directors), recent fieldwork projects and clients, and the types of work that WA could undertake.
 
In the field, the extension of the M3 around Winchester from Bar End to Compton was the first of several contentious road projects undertaken by WA. The problem with new roads was with the nature of the development rather than the archaeology. The destruction of the countryside and the loss of habitats incensed the objectors (and protestors), who feared that the new roads would increase the amount of traffic rather than improve its progress.
 
The excavation, on Twyford Down, had mixed results. The survival of archaeological deposits was generally poorer than had been suggested by the evaluation, limiting the information that could be recovered. However, preservation of a Bronze Age barrow and its associated cremation and inhumation burials was good, and gave many new insights into Bronze Age burial practices.
 
Further afield, work on the route of the Theddlethorpe to Killingholme gas pipeline took WA to very new territory in north Lincolnshire and Humberside.