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Rowreach

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Are you in an area of particular archaeological interest then?

I'm surprised they want trenches, most of them start with geophys and won't proceed further unless necessary. You need to speak to a company that is used to doing these surveys locally - some planning authorities are getting quite demanding about them.
 
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Odd that they've asked for a full survey with trenches from the get go. Usually the first step is to do a desk study report, which should inform the need for further (intrusive) investigation. Unless you are actually developing on a scheduled monument, or are severely altering the setting of a scheduled monument, I shouldn't think a menage would warrant such an approach.

Contact a local archaeological company and ask advice. Ask their experts to talk to the Planners. Then commission a Phase 1 desk study, at the most, and take it from there.

Good luck, and let us know how you get on.
 
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http://www.essex.gov.uk/Activities/Heritage/Pages/Specialist-Advice.aspx and get a list of contractors they approve, Colchester Archaeological Trust and Archaeology South East spring to mind and both do commercial excavations. There should be no mess - they will leave the site as they found it, topsoil will be returned to the trenches and the trenches leveled and unless you are unlucky with the weather, trenching should be kept tidy. Assuming you find archaeology, the contractor will report to you and the County Archaeologist - in my experience, the majority of this type of site can be dealt with fairly quickly with minimal costs to the owner. Don't be daunted by it, who knows, you might have something really exciting! Remember, that the artefacts recovered will belong to you and you will be asked if you want to retain the finds or whether you would like to sign them over to a museum for curating, unless any gold, silver or a hoard of roman coins is found, that will become crown property so you wont be able to keep them unfortunately! :)
 
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Odd that they've asked for a full survey with trenches from the get go. Usually the first step is to do a desk study report, which should inform the need for further (intrusive) investigation. Unless you are actually developing on a scheduled monument, or are severely altering the setting of a scheduled monument, I shouldn't think a menage would warrant such an approach.

Contact a local archaeological company and ask advice. Ask their experts to talk to the Planners. Then commission a Phase 1 desk study, at the most, and take it from there.

Good luck, and let us know how you get on.
Its possible that a desktop has been done previously or that it is in a known area of high archaeological potential (different to a scheduled site). Any development can result in archaeological works as part of the planning process, the site does not have to be scheduled or nor within the setting of a scheduled monument to warrant an archaeological condition. If it were a scheduled monument, development would require scheduled monument consent from Historic England and the work that has been requested by the OP does not not suggest this. Setting relates to how the setting of the monument will be affect by the development. In this case, the construction of the menage will affect the underlying archaeology by groundwork which is why an archaeological condition will have been applied.
 
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Wow!
Thank you everyone. I feel completely blindsided and terrified of the financial costs.
Apparently the site has to have the archaeological survey as there are crop markings visible from aerial photos. Probably just from lunging the bloody pony!
 

Frumpoon

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Get University College London to send a few student to do it as a short summer project, minimum costs and you'll be doing them a favour - they need to do some fieldwork to get their degree
 

Frumpoon

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This is actually really exciting...there might be treasure trove! Even if there isn't and there are other findings your land/farm will be credited in the museum exhibits forever!
 
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Archaeology South East is part of UCL, but they are the commercial wing of the archaeology department and will run as a commercial unit so will charge the same as other units. They will be using qualified archaeologists. Take a look here: https://www.archaeologists.net/sites/default/files/CIfA-Client-Guide-low-res.pdf - this is the Charted Institute for Archaeologists, and are the guidelines which will help you understand the process and how to employ an archaeologist. Their website will also list all the registered organisations. Hope this helps - let me know how it goes!
 

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I'm literally in hysterics at the idea of a qualified archaeologist...������
 
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