Gradiometer survey by G Shaw of WA revealed two main areas of potentially significant archaeology: an enclosure to the north, and a series of rectangular enclosures immediately east of Blackwell Farm. Further possible archaeological features interpreted as former field boundaries and some isolated pits or possibly segments of ditches were also recorded.
Evaluation by C Mason of WA. No finds or features of archaeological significance were revealed.
Evaluation by L McGaig of WA revealed a palaeochannel and a recent ditch. No palaeoarchaeological remains were identified within the channel.
Geophysical survey by P Dresch and R Chester of WA. A detailed gradiometer survey detected one anomaly of possible archaeological interest with the majority of observed anomalies probably relating to modern activity. The results suggested a dense spread of ferrous responses likely to be modern in origin and strong enough to mask any further archaeological features that may be present.
Two phases of evaluation by S Mounce of WA in advance of flood protection, landscaping, tip remediation and redevelopment alongside the Hoe Stream. The first phase revealed a significant depth of alluvial deposits, late 19th and early 20th artefacts likely to have been washed up and deposited by the Hoe in a trench closest to the modern course of the stream, but no deposits of archaeological interest. The second phase revealed alluvial layers within all of the trenches, confirming that the site historically lay within the flood plain.
Evaluation by J Martin of WA. A small quantity of Bronze Age pottery was recovered from a ditch, while two other ditches produced Early to Middle Iron Age material. Further ditches and a series of postholes were either undated or modern in origin. The sparse nature of the archaeology was not suggestive of concerted settlement. A subsequent metal detector survey of the area produced similarly low-key results, and appeared to confirm the lack of past activity on this large-scale and potentially well-situated site.
Evaluation by D Britchfield of WA did not reveal any finds or features of archaeological interest.
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.
Geophysical Survey by B Urmston of WA over an area of 19.1 hectares demonstrated the presence of linear and discrete pit-like anomalies of probable and possible archaeological interest, including a number relating to a probable relict field system, several probable former field boundaries, and a linear feature which shares an alignment with both an adjacent field boundary but is also on the same orientation as the nearby Stane Street. A possible site of one of the three scheduled barrows in the vicinity was masked by an increased magnetic response representative of made or disturbed ground.
Investigation by D Britchfield of WA in advance of the construction of a Motorway Service Area comprising an evaluation to the north of the motorway, and a soil stripping, mapping and sampling exercise to its south in an area where evaluation by ASE in 2007 had revealed possible deposits of prehistoric origin. The soil stripping, mapping and sampling exercise revealed a post-medieval ditch, suggested to be a remnant of an 18th century field system, but no further evidence of the admittedly ambiguous features identified in 2007.