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Evaluations and test-pitting

It is not uncommon in modern Britain for commercial developers and individuals to be confronted with permission to build only on condition that they have an archaeological investigation in advance of their work. In the first instance this generally takes the form of a field evaluation. Depending on the size of the site, evaluations can range […]

Watching brief, groundwork monitoring

In practice, archaeological watching briefs are formal programmes of observation and investigation conducted during operations carried out for non-archaeological reasons, where there is a possibility that it may impact on archaeology. The programme will result in the preparation of a report and ordered archive. The purpose of a watching brief is: to allow, within the […]

Why is a desk-based assessment needed?

Under the most recent legislation, local planning authorities cannot validate applications where the impact of a proposal on heritage assets – whether above or below ground – is not understood. The responsibility for ensuring that planners have the required level of information falls to you, the applicant. Pre-planning desk-based archaeological assessments and heritage asset statements […]

Desk-based projects

The Trust undertakes desk-based research for a wide range of customers at the pre-planning stage and in response to planning conditions. Our services include the provision of heritage statements, full desk-based archaeological assessments and cultural heritage contributions to environmental impact assessments. We also conduct historic landscape surveys and act as heritage consultants to various development […]


The Canterbury Archaeological Trust was formed in 1976 to undertake excavations, research, publication and the presentation of the results of its work to the public. We employ a team of highly qualified and experienced field archaeologists and specialists. Funded almost entirely through our commercial activities, research, education and publication are still very much at the heart of […]

Annual reports

Canterbury’s Archaeology is the annual round-up of the Trust’s activities. As well as summary reports on a selection of the more interesting excavations or watching briefs of the year, each issue highlights some of the fascinating standing buildings studied by our building recording department. Beyond archaeological fieldwork, articles on the varied activities of our Education […]

Research and reports

The Trust undertakes threat-led research on a daily basis through development funded work in response to UK planning policy which protects the nation’s historic environment. We also design and conduct research for community heritage projects, and are increasingly engaged in work driven by research questions alone (see research projects). We have played a key role […]