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 Construction Project 

We provide a range of professional services including archaeological desk based assessments, advisory services, watching briefs, and archaeological evaluations.  Insite Archaeological Services has been practising since 2016. We can advise on all aspects of archaeology. We have a network of experienced field archaeologists and specialist subcontractors. So we can ensure to deliver archaeological projects using only highly experienced teams. We undertake all topographic surveys, setting out and GIS, in house. 

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Archaeological Planning Conditions 

Archaeological planning conditions are part of the national planning policy framework. A planning application may include an archaeological desk based assessment (DBA). On the basis of the desk based report, the local authority may also decide on a programme of archaeological fieldwork to mitigate any impact a development has on archaeology. 

If not dealt with correctly, archaeological conditions can lead to costly delays on construction projects. To minimise any risk of unknown archaeology on a site it is best to have an archaeological assessment at the land acquisition stage of development.  If the archaeological risk is too high, the design can be changed, or the project determined unfeasible before the site is purchased.


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Sheffield S25HG




How do archaeological excavations benefit a company

Archaeology and heritage is an important science and beneficial to local communities. As part of wider environmental policy, developers need to respect all aspects of the environment. An archaeological programme of work can assure the local authorities and the wider community. A developer has made appropriate consideration and taken steps to minimise any negative impact on archaeology, or the local community. A progressive approach to archaeological matters will paint a contractor in a favourable light to the local planning authorities, and anyone who might object to a planning application.

Common archaeological conditions

When a planning application is submitted, there can be a requirement for an archaeological Desk Based Assessment. 

On the basis of this document, the local authority may decide no further investigations are required. If the DBA suggest a high risk of significant archaeology, there will be a fieldwork recommendation made. 

The next stage will be a written scheme of investigation (WSI). This document is a fieldwork scope of works, plan and method statements. A WSI is usually a much shorter document than a desk based assessment, so can be written in a timely manner. 

The WSI will set out a programme of fieldwork. The condition will be a watching brief, an archaeological evaluation, or a strip map and sample. 

On a watching brief, an archaeologist will attend the site and stop the groundwork if any archaeology is there. 

During an archaeological evaluation, trenches are cut in to the site, targeted at where we expect the archaeology to be. On the basis of the evaluation report, the local authority will decide if the site will go to a full excavation or not.  

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Why choose Insite Archaeological Services

If you need to discharge an archaeological planning condition you should seek expert advice. Not dealt with correctly, archaeology can lead to uncapped costs and a bad reputation with the planning departments. If an archaeological contractor expects there to be no archaeology on site, and is contracting on a day rate, there is always the risk that more will be found. At this point the developers may be forced to write a blank cheque for archaeology to continue with the project. 

On the other hand, an archaeological contractor may have a more favourable contract at a low rate, with contingencies. However, even if the archaeological unit expects to deal with the archaeology in a cost effective and timely manner, the county archaeologist may ask for further work, either at the developers expense or the expense of the archaeological contractor. If you just use the cheapest archaeological company, there is always the risk that further work can be required. If the local authority get the slightest incline the archaeology has been under excavated, it can have a negative impact on a companies future tenders and planning applications.  

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