Archaeological services: Digging and Monitoring

Full archaeological support for all of your evaluation, excavation and monitoring scheme (watching brief) needs.
The services in this category that you are most likely to require are the following:

Watching briefs and monitoring schemes

Archaeological Monitoring (Watching briefs)

Archaeological monitoring requires the attending archaeologist to provide a ‘watching brief’ on groundworks or historic building renovations, recording any remains or features of interest uncovered.

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Evaluation and test-pitting

Archaeological Evaluation (trenching and test-pitting)

An archaeological evaluation usually takes place in the pre-determination or pre-application stage of a planning application and involves the excavation of trenches or test-pits to evaluate the presence and condition of archaeological remains in the proposed development area. If sufficiently preserved remains are found with the trial holes, the Local Authority may impose an archaeological excavation or simply a watching brief/monitoring scheme as a Planning condition.

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Archaeological Excavation (mitigation)

Archaeological excavation usually takes place as a Planning Condition (usually decided upon after an evaluation) and involves the large scale excavation and recording of archaeological remains before development can proceed.

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Community Projects

Community Archaeology Projects

As well as planning condition work, Vindomora Solutions Ltd also aid community archaeology groups with specialist advice and supervision.

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Pre-planning application (PRE-APP)

Archaeological Schemes
If you're at PRE-APP stage and have advice from your Local Authority that an archaeological project is required to inform your application, we can help.


Planning Condition

Archaeological Schemes
If you've applied for your planning application and have received archaeological conditions or pre-commencement conditions in your paperwork, please click below to see how we can help.


Scheduled Monuments
(SMC work)

Archaeological Schemes
Archaeological schemes of work are required when development takes place within the boundary of a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). Please click the button below to see how we can help.


Works to Listed Buildings

Historic Building Schemes
If you're working on a Listed Building, there's a good chance you'll need an archaeologist to record and/or research the building before works commence and possible monitor your scheme while its underway. Please click here to see what we can do to help.


Non-designated Heritage Assets

Historic Building Schemes
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) allows Local Authorities to designate buildings as non-designated heritage assets. If you're working on such a building, its likely you'll need an archaeologist to undertake a recording scheme.


Community or private works

Heritage Schemes
If you're a community group or charity looking for advice or to take part in (or set up) an archaeological project (or for any other archaeological works not planning-related), we can help.

Vindomora Solutions Ltd
Archaeological Practice

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Prospect Business Park
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County Durham DH8 7PW

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