Watching briefs

Watching briefs are archaeological monitoring exercises which take place during the construction process. They are generally requested for sites which have some potential for archaeology to be present, but not enough to warrant more detailed, systematic investigation at pre-construction stage.


The evaluation of a site takes place during the proposal stage of a development.


Within the development framework, excavation (also known as strip, map and record/sample) is undertaken when important archaeological sites cannot be preserved in situ.

Historic Building Recording

Historic building recording (HBR) is mitigation that is applied when a historic structure is to be altered or demolished.

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