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 ​ Archaeological Watching Brief

Whatever your development proposals are, from a house extension to a large scale construction, you may have to address archaeological conditions set by your local planning authority, the county archaeologist or other statutory bodies such as Cadw or Historic England (formerly English Heritage). Such planning conditions may require that any groundwork being undertaken close to or within a known archaeologically sensitive area, should be monitored by a suitably qualified archaeologist. Should such an event occur then the contracted archaeologist would seek to minimise both the risk to the archaeology and delays to your project. 

A watching brief is a formal programme of observation and investigation conducted during any operation carried out for non-archaeological reasons. This will be within a specified area or site on land, inter-tidal zone or underwater, where there is a possibility that archaeological deposits may be disturbed or destroyed. The programme will result in the preparation of a report and ordered archive. This definition and Standard does not cover chance observations, which should lead to an appropriate archaeological project being designed and implemented, nor do they apply to monitoring for preservation of remains in situ.​

Image deatiling a watching brief.
Images of Maerdy Wind Farm Oak.
Image of Llanelli House wayching brief.
 
In undertaking a watching brief, HRS Wales will liaise with the appropriate authorities, produce a site report and organise a publication in a relevant academic journal where necessary. Most watching briefs will require only simple recording methods, which will later be compiled into a report containing advice as to archaeological potential of a site and any potential problems likely to be encountered.

Should there be further mitigation measures required during or following the watching brief, then HRS Wales is able to provide these, subject to contract.


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