Negative Evidence

It is very important to record when no archaeology is found; almost as important as recording what is there if something of archaeological or historic interest is excavated.

You will see the term Negative evidence used on this site where an archaeological evaluation (an excavation or trial trenching, for example) has been carried out, but where no items of archaeological interest have been unearthed.

This does not necessarily mean that there never was any activity there in the past; it just does not survive to be recorded by archaeologists.

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