Archaeological test excavation is an important part of the process of Archaeological Impact Assessment, and is frequently a requirement of archaeological Planning Conditions. Test excavation generally takes the form of a series of exploratory trenches opened by a mechanical excavator under archaeological direction, in order to establish the nature and extent of any archaeological features that may be present on the site of a proposed development. Any archaeological material identified will be examined and recorded, and an assessment made of its significance.
Archaeology Plan’s licensed archaeologists can undertake efficient programmes of test excavation and produce comprehensive Impact Statements that assess the implications of any findings for the development. Test excavation reports can be produced in advance of finalised development proposals, to accompany Planning Applications, or in response to Planning Conditions and requests for Further information.