Archaeological Services design and deliver evaluation schemes which will meet planning requirements, typically comprising a series of archaeological trenches which sample the development area. These are usually machine-excavated.
The trenching will determine if any archaeological resource is present and how significant it is.
The requirement for trenching on greenfield sites can often be reduced by conducting geophysical survey first.
Development sites often need evaluating pre-determination. Completion of an evaluation is usually sufficient to support an application.
A series of trenches excavated by machine can be used to sample the development area to identify any surviving archaeological resource
Any archaeological features present are assessed and recorded to determine their significance
Aerial view of the ring-ditch of a roundbarrow, initially discovered during trial trenching
Large scheme of evaluation trenching as seen from the air