Depending upon the results of earlier investigations (e.g. testing), it may be necessary for an archaeologist to be present during the course of a development. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘watching brief’ and is carried out in order to monitor any ground works so that any sub-surface archaeological finds, features or deposits may be identified.
Monitoring of Works to Upstanding Buildings
It may also be necessary for a buildings archaeologist to be present during conservation or refurbishment works to an historic building or upstanding archaeological monument. This is in order to ensure that an agreed Scope of Works is adhered to by all concerned parties and also to allow the archaeologist to record and preserve any features that may be uncovered during the course of the works.