Watching Briefs

An Archaeological Watching Brief may be required in circumstances where there is potential for disturbance to significant archaeological remains.

In certain circumstances a local planning authority will require that an archaeologist is present during development groundwork (excavations for foundations, services etc.), to ensure that any remains exposed are appropriately investigated and recorded.

Witham Archaeology Services undertakes Watching Briefs relating to all types of development, from small scale domestic extensions to larger, commercial developments.

The cost of a Watching Brief is determined by the amount of attendance provided and the quantities of records and finds requiring post fieldwork analysis and reporting. In recognition of understandable concerns about the uncertainties involved in a Watching Brief Witham Archaeology aims to produce well structured quotations, in which potential costs are clearly identified.

Wherever possible, Witham Archaeology Services will endeavour to minimise the costs of a Watching Brief, initially through discussion with the client over the cost implications of particular aspects of the groundwork programme, and subsequently through the careful planning of site visits.