Archaeological guidance when carrying out work

4/1/2020 4:01:19 AM

Buckinghamshire Council Archaeology Service recommend using contractors and consultants who adhere to the regulations, standards, and guidance provided by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

See our advice on commissioning archaeological work in Buckinghamshire.


Generic briefs

For the majority of archaeological projects it will normally be sufficient to use one of our generic briefs. These explain what is required from assessments and fieldwork. Generic briefs will usually be sufficient for appointing a qualified archaeologist to undertake required work.

Generic brief for historic environment desk-based assessment and walk over studies
Generic brief for watching briefs or small scale investigations
Generic brief for archaeological evaluation (trial trenching)
Generic brief for geophysical survey

For a generic Historic Building Recording brief, please follow Historic England's Guide to Good Recording Practice. You may also wish to contact the relevant area conservation officer.


Bespoke briefs

For more complex projects, especially major archaeological excavations, and including Historic Building Recording, a bespoke brief may be prepared.

If in doubt contact the archaeology case officer to determine which brief to use.

Buckinghamshire Council Archaeology Service
Telephone: 01296 382 705 



There is normally a charge for consideration of archaeological project documentation.

Find out more about our charging schedule and how to pay.

If archaeological requirements are not complied with enforcement action may be taken in accordance with our Archaeological enforcement policy

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