Protocol Implementation Service


The Protocol recommends that every find of a potentially archaeological nature discovered during all phases of offshore renewables site investigation or construction, when an archaeologist is not present, is reported through the Implementation Service.
The Implementation Service, run by Wessex Archaeology, acts as a clearing house for information. It investigates every find reported with the support and advice of a range of specialists, both within Wessex Archaeology and across the country or even on occasion internationally. This information is collated into a series of reports; one for the site/vessel staff who made the discovery, a second for The Crown Estate, the relevant Heritage Agency and a report may be generated for the Receiver of Wreck when necessary. Any other agency that may have an interest in the find, e.g. the Ministry of Defence, will also be informed.
Wessex Archaeology staff will advise directly on finds that are obviously isolated and uncontentious or considered to be of low potential/significance. Those discoveries considered to be of greater archaeological potential or significance  will be given an initial assessment by the Implementation Service in conjunction with the Developer’s Retained Archaeologist, the relevant Heritage Agency and measures such as a Temporary Exclusion Zone, to ensure any cultural heritage is protected, may be imposed on the recommendation of the Regulator's statutory advisor.
The way in which finds are reported helps the submerged cultural heritage to be better understood and this information, gained as a result of the diligence of those employed in offshore renewable development staff, will join other protocols and schemes in adding to a growing resource for informing all kinds of offshore development and research.