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.
Report by G Hayman in SyAC 94, 251–292
Topographic survey by A and D Graham of SyAS of a suspected Bronze Age barrow. The feature was excavated in 1959 and found to comprise only compacted sand, leading to the conclusion that it was a natural dune. However, this survey revealed a marked and large depression in the centre of the mound, possibly the remains of a backfilled antiquarian investigation. It is suggested that the 1959 investigation was inadvertently cut through this area and therefore only examined modern backfill material, leading to the wrong conclusion as to the date of the feature. (391)
Evaluation by R Lambert of SCAU revealed a ditch containing Mesolithic/Neolithic flintwork and probable Bronze Age pottery, as well as residual medieval pottery within post-medieval ditches.
Archaeological monitoring programme conducted by A Brossler of OA of c 11km of pipeline trenching. Only a single pit of likely Bronze Age date was noted to be of interest, with a number of additional features found to be of modern date.Archaeological monitoring programme conducted by A Brossler of OA of c 11km of pipeline trenching. Only a single pit of likely Bronze Age date was noted to be of interest, with a number of additional features found to be of modern date.
Historic landscape survey commissioned by SCC and SyAS, as part of the Community Archaeology Project, and undertaken under the direction of C Currie of CKCA, to assess whether the study area was suitable for designation as an ASHLV. The survey included recording the three barrows and looking at the ponds in the Cosford and Witley Park stream valleys. A scatter of Mesolithic flint work and a bank (possibly a prehistoric land division) located close to the main barrow concentration on Witley Common were also revealed.
Excavation by G Hayman of SCAU of the remainder of the Stage 2 quarry site, previously evaluated in 2003. Various ditches were revealed, up to three of which appeared to be Late Iron Age in origin, and may relate to a ‘Celtic’ field system recorded elsewhere on the site during previous archaeological investigations. An amorphous feature of indeterminate purpose, and possibly not entirely the result of human activity, was also found to contain a relatively sizeable quantity of Neolithic and Bronze Age flints.
Evaluation by D Graham of SyAS, to investigate a potential barrow site, newly recognized following heather clearance in the area. On-site results were inconclusive, although the feature did appear to be man-made in origin. Environmental samples are still undergoing analysis.
Evaluation on land to the rear of the property by J Lewis of TVAS revealed two pits and a posthole, all containing post-medieval material. A number of earlier but unstratified finds from the site included Neolithic/Bronze Age flints, a single sherd of Roman pottery, and a small assemblage of medieval pottery. These could represent some earlier activity in the area, but might equally have been imported to the site through the agricultural manuring process.