Evaluation and excavation by C Ellis of COT followed initial evaluation of the site by AOC in 2006 (SyAC 94, 368). The work revealed that large parts of the site had been subject to extensive modern disturbance but excavation in two areas revealed evidence of activity from the Mesolithic, Neolithic/Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, medieval and post-medieval periods. The Mesolithic was represented by residual worked flint artefacts from later features.
Limited evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA in order to inform decisions about use and management of the site revealed linear features likely to be the remnants of post-medieval ploughing, and recovered residual burnt and worked prehistoric flints and medieval and post-medieval ceramic building material and pottery.
Evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA revealed circular pit type incisions and irregularly shaped cuts which appear more likely to be of natural origin, but several pieces of burnt and struck flint and pottery were recovered from the natural gravel and alluvial horizons and suggest occupation by prehistoric communities within the area.
Evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA revealed a posthole, suggested to be post-medieval, and a shallow ditch. The ditch is considered to have existed as a property or field boundary during the 18th to 20th centuries as it is visible on historic maps, but finds recovered from could indicate that it was older, and further work (a watching brief) is proposed.
Soil stripping, mapping and sampling by Z Pozorski of AS adjoining an area of excavation undertaken by PCA in 2002 (SyAC 91, 271) which had revealed evidence of prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval activity. A large, late medieval (15th century) pit, two undated pits, and two or possibly three late 18th/19th century soakways were revealed. The investigation did not reveal continuation of linear features discovered in 2002, possibly because of truncation caused by a recently demolished building.
Watching brief by P Orczewski and O Good of WA revealed a depth of post-medieval and modern overburden, but no features of archaeological interest or the natural geology.
Watching brief by T Munnery of SCAU during construction of an artificial pitch on and adjoining the Scheduled Caesar’s Camp, following evaluation in 2008. The design of the pitch was changed after the evaluation to maximise the preservation in situ of deposits indicated to be present, with the majority of the impact of the development not extending below the subsoil.
Evaluation by S Porteus of ASE undertaken following geophysical survey by D Elks of Stratascan. The geophysics revealed that the majority of the site appears to be dominated by anomalies likely to be related to its current land use as rugby pitches, but it also revealed responses that may relate to archaeological deposits. The evaluation involved the excavation of trenches around the rugby pitches and revealed a boundary ditch of probable post-medieval date, a shallow gully and evidence of plough scarring.
Watching brief by S Hind of SCAU during the formation of a footpath/cycleway. It transpired that the only groundworks involved was the stripping of topsoil. The archaeological horizon was not disturbed and any deposits present preserved in situ.
Evaluation by D Milbank of TVAS did not reveal any finds or features of archaeological interest.