Salvage Excavation

Excavation undertaken to investigate and record archaeology that is threatened with imminent destruction. The excavation may be very hurried and the recording basic and even incomplete.

Large amounts of salvage excavation took place before the implementation of Planning Laws to protect archaeological remains (PPG 16) in 1992.  Current planning laws enable Planning Archaeologists working for local authorities to assess the archaeological potential of an area before development is allowed to proceed.  This allows archaeological investigation and sometimes excavation to professional standards to take place before development goes ahead.

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