About Us

Chris Butler Archaeological Services Limited pride ourselves in establishing a good working relationship with our clients and their builders to minimise costs and provide a high quality professional service.

CBAS employs a team of qualified and experienced archaeologists, and has access to a wide range of specialist archaeological services. No job is too big or too small. We specialise in offering a friendly, helpful, cost-effective and professional service. We offer a range of archaeological services including desk-based and heritage assessments, watching briefs, evaluation and full excavations, landscape, fieldwalking and woodland surveys, together with building surveys.

Our Archaeologists have recently undertaken watching briefs, evaluation excavations and survey work across the South-East, including projects in: Brighton, Eastbourne, Seaford, Lewes, Rye, Bexhill, Ditchling and Mayfield in East Sussex, Cranbrook and Pembury in Kent, Haywards Heath, Billingshurst, Wineham and Lancing in West Sussex, Godalming in Surrey and Ilford in Essex. 

We have also recently extended our services and now have operations in the South of Wales, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

Our team is available for Desk-based and Heritage Assessments, Field Evaluations, Excavation work, Watching Briefs, Flintwork Analysis, Project Management, Military Archaeology, Landscape and Woodland Surveys & Fieldwalking, Standing Building Surveys, Church Archaeology, Post Excavation Services and Report Writing.

If you have need of any of our services, or are interested in getting involved in our community excavations, please let us know, we are happy to help.


Meet The Team

Chris Butler MCifA, Cert Ed. (Managing Director)


Chris Butler has been an archaeologist since 1985, and formed Chris Butler Archaeological Services at the beginning of 2002. Subsequently it became a partnership with his wife Rachel, also an archaeologist, and in 2010 CBAS Ltd was launched.

Chris is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CifA).

Chris was a part time lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Sussex, and taught A-Level Archaeology at Bexhill 6th Form College having qualified (Cert. Ed.) as a teacher in 2006.

Initially archaeology was a hobby whilst Chris worked as a Pensions Technical Manager and Administration Director in the financial services industry.

Chris formed the Mid Sussex Field Archaeological Team, a local voluntary group, in 1987, since when it has carried out numerous fieldwork projects, and was runner up in the Pitt-Rivers Award at the British Archaeological Awards in 1996.

Chris continues to run the Mid Sussex Field Archaeological Team in his spare time.

Rachel Butler PCifA


Dr Caroline Russell

Project Manager

Jon Baczkowski

Senior Field Officer

Kirstie Riley


Stewart Angell

Field Officer

Emily Walsh

Field Officer

Sarah Vine

Field Officer

Dave Atkin

Field Officer

Jim Webster

Field Officer

Jan Oldham

Finds Supervisor

Jessica Butt

Finds Assistant

Annalie Seaman

Archaeological Assistant