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An archaeological watching brief involves the monitoring of groundworks or building renovation by an archaeologist. They are normally required as a condition of planning consent and may be part of a wider mitigation strategy for a development.
Typically, watching briefs may be undertaken during the topsoiling or ground reduction operations or, for smaller-scale developments, during the excavation of foundations or service trenches. Any archaeological remains which are encountered will usually be dealt with by the archaeologist on site, with little or no disruption to the overall scheme. Any significant archaeological discoveries may, however, lead to more extensive investigation and recording.
For any enquiry about commercial services, please contact our Principal Archaeologist Nigel Jones in the first instance. Telephone: +44 (0)1938 553 670.