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An archaeological excavation is usually undertaken as a condition of planning consent; when significant archaeological remains have been shown to exist on a site through a process of archaeological evaluation.

These works can often be the most costly and disruptive of archaeological interventions to a development programme if not properly planned and managed. At PCA, we have proven experience in undertaking excavation projects of varying size and complexity.

Excavation is undertaken in accordance with a Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI), a document produced by Pre-Construct Archaeology, on our clients’ behalf, and agreed with the Local Planning Authority (LPA).

The intention of an excavation, through methodical recording, is to preserve all or most of the archaeological remains by record. The results and analysis of the excavations will be compiled into a comprehensive illustrated report usually leading to a publication. As part of a project team, PCA will:

  • Liaise with our client and other project team members to reduce as far as possible the time we spend on site;
  • Negotiate with the LPA the parameters of fieldwork to determine a suitable mitigation strategy;
  • Maintain the highest professional standards;
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