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Review of Archaeological Assessment & Monitoring Procedures in Ireland (2000)

This study was undertaken as a first step in developing guidelines on how assessment and monitoring in archaeology should be undertaken in the future. There has been a dramatic increase in testing and monitoring in the last number of years, 94.5% of all licensed test excavations and 93% of monitoring have occurred since 1990. The study is based on audits and quality assessments of a sample of recent monitoring and assessment reports and on consultations with professional archaeologists involved with the authorisation and execution of testing and monitoring investigations. The results of this study showed up many problems with both monitoring and testing procedures and reporting.

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