Watching brief by D Platt of TVAS revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Watching brief by D Whittaker of ASE revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest
Watching brief by D Graham of SyAS during refurbishment works. The site falls immediately inside the projected course of the medieval town ditch, with groundworks proposed in the area that may once have been the location for the postulated associated internal bank. No finds or features of archaeological interest were revealed.
Watching brief and resistivity survey by D Graham of SyAS during topsoil removal to create additional car parking spaces. The site lies outside the area of the former (now filled in) inner bailey ditch, and no features were detected. A number of finds were recovered during the topsoil removal, however, including a number of musket and pistol balls, and three powder caps from gunpowder flasks. An incursion of parliamentary forces into the castle courtyard occurred on 26 November 1642, with the royalist garrison surrendering as a result.
Evaluation by B Whitehead of SoAS revealed only modern features, although a single unstratified broken flint blade was recovered. SoAS
Watching brief by R Lambert of SCAU, following evaluation in 2006. No features of archaeological significance were recorded, but a number of worked flints of probable Bronze Age date, together with pottery and clay pipe stems of late 17th–early 18th century origin, were recovered.
Large-scale evaluation programme by A Manning of WA. Varied results were recorded, ranging from largely negative areas where no finds or features of archaeological interest were revealed, through to evidence for Neolithic activity, Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement, and post-medieval agricultural land management. Subsequent excavation revealed a significant number of pits, postholes and gullies of Late Bronze Age–Early Iron Age date.