Category Archives: Archaeological watching brief

The archaeological watching brief – why it’s a double edged sword

Archaeological watching brief

The watching brief as part of the construction process A watching brief is defined by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) as a formal programme of observation and investigation conducted during any operation carried out for non-archaeological reasons. To clarify, this means that when groundwork is being undertaken as part of the actual construction process – for example, […]

How an archaeological watching brief can become expensive for a developer

Archaeological watching brief by Commercial Archaeology

Complex and significant archaeology can cause significant delays on site An archaeological watching brief can become a very expensive and time costly requirement for the developer. The Written Schemes of Investigation (WSIs) for watching briefs all contain a section which states that in the event of archaeological remains being uncovered which cannot be dealt with under the watching […]