Choosing where to build isn't always straightforward. You must consider the price and the size of the plot, but the process involves much more than that. You will need to think about the proximity to local amenities and whether your proposed development is financially viable in that location? Another consideration that you may not have thought about is whether the land where you want to build is historically important. When you look at a piece of land, you may only see stones and bare earth or maybe an existing structure, but when a historian or archaeologist considers the property, they will want to know everything that has happened there.
In most cases, your piece of land will have enjoyed a fairly uneventful history. However, the area could be the site of a historic settlement or somewhere with strong links to Aboriginal history. If historical events can be shown to have occurred on or near your piece, an archaeological survey may be needed before you can build. The survey will see if there is any evidence of the events to be found below the surface. Your building work cannot be allowed to destroy relics that can provide important information about the history of the nation.
What's involved in an archaeological survey?
If you have been told that an archaeological survey is necessary before you can start building, you may be concerned that your entire project risks being derailed, but the reality is probably less dramatic. An archaeological survey could involve searching the ground and cataloguing everything found before putting all the artefacts back in the soil or sending them for more detailed analysis. To arrange an archaeological survey, you must look for an archaeological survey team with experience cataloguing finds from the era from which you expect to find relics. It is always worth checking the experience and qualifications of the survey team before you agree to hire them.
What could happen after the archaeological survey?
In many cases, the archaeological survey will not produce anything of great interest, and your plans will be unaffected. Occasionally, you may be asked to make minor alterations to your plans to prevent damage to an artefact below the surface. If the building site proves to be the source of major finds, your project may need monitoring in place for the duration of the building process. The monitor will check that nothing of value is disturbed while you are building.
Contact a local archaeological survey service to learn more.