Archaeological work can be undertaken either prior to the submission of a planning application or in response to a condition placed upon planning consent by a local authority. The CAU is able to provide no obligation advice on the suitability of services for a given development site.
Desk based assessment
A first phase assessment of the archaeological potential of a given site can be made using archival records, historic maps and air photography.
On larger sites, a non-intrusive evaluation by field walking, metal detecting and geophysical survey is suitable in order to identify areas of higher potential for further evaluation.
A trenching evaluation is used on sites of all size in order to produce a definitive statement on the presence, character, extent and preservation of archaeological remains.
Where significant archaeology is found by evaluation a full excavation can be undertaken in order to ensure the 'preservation by record' of important remains.
A full analysis and publication of excavation results is made in either a book or a journal, following which all planning conditions are discharged (see research and publications page).