Evaluation by C Carvey of ASE revealed no archaeological finds or features. A thick, slightly organic buried former topsoil suggests that the site was probably previously part of the nearby heathland, although no preserved organics were encountered.
Limited evaluation by T Jones of PCA revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Evaluation by L Newton of WA revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest. Two wheel ruts and an area of disturbance were deemed to be of modern date.
Magnetometer survey (fluxgate gradiometer) by R Davis of SUMO, conducted over an area of 1.3ha, did not detect any likely archaeological anomalies. Identified responses probably related to the sports ground itself.
Evaluation and subsequent excavation of four areas by S Wilson of COT. Evidence was revealed for a small rural settlement dating from the Middle–Late Iron Age that comprised at least two roundhouses with associated four-post structures. The site appeared to be unenclosed but ditches and trackways suggest that it was sited in a managed landscape. Charred plant assemblages indicate a rural settlement with domestic activities, including a small amount of crop processing taking place in the vicinity.
Evaluation by R King of FA revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Two phases of archaeological evaluation by J Clutterbuck of COT. No finds, features or deposits of archaeological significance were found pre-dating the modern era. Some linear features were identified, likely to be modern ditches associated with military training activities.
Second phase of evaluation, by H Nicholls and J Cook of ASE following an initial evaluation in 2015 (SyAC 100, 287). No archaeological finds or features were revealed as a sequence of contaminated modern made-ground deposits, directly overlying truncated natural geology, was present across this area of the site.
Watching brief by P McCulloch of PCA on new drainage work through the churchyard. The churchyard is at a visibly higher ground level than the surrounding land, which was thought to be indicative of extensive burials; however, no evidence of in-situ burials, or any archaeological deposits, finds or features were observed. The area may have been extensively disturbed or deliberately cleared in the construction of the modern church hall.
Additional phase of evaluation by B Davis of WA, following work undertaken in 2014 (SyAC 99, 232), revealed no further evidence of 18th century occupation or for nearby Iron Age to Romano-British ironworking, as previously identified. Both phases of work demonstrated extensive ground disturbance associated with the former 20th century industrial complex that formerly occupied the site.