Archaeological Monitoring / Archaeological watching briefs

Watching BriefsArchaeological watching briefs (often known as archaeological monitoring schemes) involve an archaeologist actively monitoring ground works or building renovations – a planning condition often imposed when a development lies within a known or suspected area of historical importance.

A watching brief is the staple condition for many planning conditions in areas deemed to potentially hold historical or archaeological remains. The condition requires an archaeologist to attend the development site during the implementation of ground works, monitoring the excavation for archaeological remains or in the case of buildings, monitoring renovation works in the expectation of historic fabric being revealed. If any remains are encountered, the relevant contact within the planning authority will be informed, and the attending archaeologist will deal with the material in an appropriate manner, under the conditions set out by the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists and any other relevant legislation.

In the case of extensive archaeological remains being uncovered, or remains deemed to be of great interest, ground works may be stopped and an excavation mitigation scheme put in place. This will be decided by the unitary body archaeologist governing the project.

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Instagram here we come


As a few if you are aware, we’ve had an Instagram account for some time now but have failed to really use it. Having now discovered the joys of Instagram through the PC desktop I’m pleased to announce that we’ve started to put our ‘historical’ working shots on Instagram for your enjoyment/bemusement/amusement.

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Late prehistoric pit, Northumberland

Late prehistoric pit

Here’s a nice (if I do say so myself) 3-D model of a 0.9m diameter pit uncovered during an evaluation in Northumberland during the summer of 2019. The pit is likely late prehistoric in origin with at least two periods of use.

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