Today marked a significant milestone on this project with the start of our archaeological field work. Having previously completed desk based assessment and aerial surveys we have now moved into the phase of trial trenching. This involves the excavation of strip trenches across the pipeline route that will allow archaeologist to search for historic artefacts. During this phase we will be liaising closely with Essex County Council and Colchester City Council to report our findings and allow them the opportunity to complete their own assessment within the trenches. If any artefacts are located these are recorded and the trench is backfilled. Where significant artefacts are found more detailed investigation will be completed prior to the process of pipelaying, these may even alter the route of the pipeline. This phase of the work is scheduled to last approx. 8 weeks.