Magnetometer survey by D Calow of SyAS, with members of SHAHT, in the area where a possible Iron Age smelting furnace is suggested to be located, revealed a magnetic anomaly that could indicate the presence of a feature of archaeological interest. (418)
Earthwork survey by I Ellis and J English of SyAS of a Scheduled feature known as the Bee Garden. The site was exposed unexpectedly following an extensive fire on the common. The feature was recorded as a roughly trapezoidal bank and ditched enclosure measuring approximately 100 x 100m, with a surviving second outer bank in some places. A suggestion of a two-phase construction process was noted, although without intrusive excavations it was not possible to date any of the surviving details with any confidence, or accurately determine the purpose of the feature.
Evaluation by M Bagwell of PCA revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Continuation of the watching brief begun in 2006 by S Ford of TVAS during redevelopment works. Little of archaeological interest was revealed, although peat deposits were unexpectedly encountered on part of the site. Analysis of pollens from this material suggested a changing landscape, with heathland species predominating in the early part of the sequence, followed by an increase in alder carr and grassy species later on.
Evaluation by S Cass of TVAS revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Photographic survey by N Shaikhley of SCAU to make a record of the structure before alteration.
Completion of watching brief begun in 2004 by B Davis of WA during conversion works. No finds or features of archaeological interest were noted in this phase of the observations.
Watching brief by S Ford and S Wallis of TVAS revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest. An extensive deposit of peat was, however, discovered on the southern part of the site. This was sampled for its environmental potential, with results on its analysis expected in 2007.
Watching brief carried out by B Davis of WA during conversion works revealed evidence for the 19th century decorated tiled floor within the former milking parlour.
Evaluation by I Howell of MoLAS prior to residential development revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.