Watching brief by Z Pozorski of AS did not reveal any finds or features of archaeological interest. Much of the developmental impact was relatively shallow and largely exposed evidence of modern truncation, which may have destroyed any deposits present or concealed deposits underneath it.
Watching brief by Z Pozorski for AS revealed modern truncation and a modern pit.
Evaluation by Z Pozorski of AS. No finds or features of archaeological significance were revealed.
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.
First phase of the evaluation of this site by Z Pozorski of AS revealed a pit and ditch. Although it may be residual, a fragment of Neolithic or Bronze Age struck flint was recovered from the pit. A subsequent monitoring exercise during development did not reveal any further archaeological finds or features. A second phase of evaluation revealed an undated ditch.
Monitoring by C Hallybone of AS did not reveal any finds or features of archaeological interest.
Evaluation by J Williams of AS revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Evaluation by A Ginns of AS in advance of residential development revealed only features of post-medieval and modern date.
Evaluation by I Williamson of AS preceding residential development revealed no archaeological finds or features. However, peat deposits were encountered. Pollen and diatom analysis of samples indicated a changing landscape during the Mesolithic period in the area, beginning with an open ground grass-dominated landscape with areas of standing water, progressing through differing woodland types until the sequence ended at around 7000 BP, with alder carr woodland becoming the dominant vegetation.
Archaeological monitoring by N Crank of AS during alterations to, and extensions at the rear of, the hotel revealed a small quantity of residual Roman pottery, but no archaeological features.