In general the purposes of monitoring by the regional archaeological curator on behalf of the Local Planning Authority, may be summarised as follows: -
Monitoring is carried out by the Curatorial Division of the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, in their recognised role as the archaeological advisors to all the Local Planning Authorities in Southeast Wales. All of its work is carried out to the Welsh Archaeological Trusts' Curator's Code of Conduct. Officers undertaking monitoring work will have appropriate experience and will be available to discuss any aspect of monitoring.
Monitoring will normally be undertaken at appropriate points during fieldwork and following the production of reports on the work. In the case of larger excavations monitoring of post-excavation work will continue until the archive has been deposited.
In order for monitoring to be undertaken a specification or project design should have been prepared by the archaeological contractor and approved by GGAT Curatorial on behalf of the Local Planning Authority. Monitoring is therefore undertaken to ensure that the archaeological work meets the approved specification or project design for the work.