Generic brief for an archaeological evaluation (trial trenching)

Last updated: 18 August 2021

5. Project objectives

Trial trenching should aim to gather sufficient information to generate a reliable predictive model of the extent, character, date, state of preservation and depth of burial of important archaeological remains within the area of study.

The project design (Written Scheme of Investigation) should identify the specific objectives with reference to the advice set out by the Council Archaeology Service to the Local Planning Authority and following the consultation of the County Historic Environment Record and/or any desk-based assessment by the contracting unit.

Copies of the Council Archaeology Service advice letters are now routinely posted on council websites.