Archaeological supervision

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An archaeological supervision is no alternative for trial trenching or an excavation. Only in exceptional situations an archaeological supervision can be appropriate:

  • When there are physical limitations that prevent adequate research;
  • When an area is not deemed archaeologically valuable (a negative selection advice) but one wants to be on the safe side anyway;
  • When there are special research questions during construction projects;
  • When supervision is needed for minor groundworks in an archaeologically valuable area that is protected.

A design brief should explain the choice for a supervision instead of trial trenching or an excavation. The groundworks must meet certain requirements to guarantee high quality archaeological research.