The first phase of a two stage evaluation was carried out on land to the north-west of Bury St Edmunds adjacent to the southern side of the A1101 which runs along the Lark Valley. A total of 120 trenches were excavated across the central and southern portions of the Proposed Development Area (PDA) between 18th February and 13th March 2013.
The north side of the Lark Valley contains a large complex of prehistoric monuments referred to as the Fornham Cursus. The complex includes activity from all prehistoric periods, as well as occasional Roman activity, and has potential to extend across the Lark into Area 1.
The evaluation principally identified a spread of moderate sized pits that frequently contained Iron Age pottery. A number of ditches, occasionally containing later Iron Age pottery, were identified in close proximity to the pits and may form part of a prehistoric or later field arrangement.