An archaeological evaluation was undertaken to assess the archaeological potential of 'Phase 7' ofShackerland Hall Quarry. A limited programme of trenching uncovered the edge of an ancient mere and watercourse which ran roughly parallel to the modern Westley Road. There was evidence of both Romano-British, and prehistoric, settlement alongside the watercourse.
Of special interest were two wooden artefacts recovered from waterlogged peat. These have not yet been analysed but the first was a carved paddle suitable for a canoe; the second is variously described as a trough, sledge, or boat. Carved from a half-split log, it measures c. 1.35m long x c. 0. 52m wide with a 'draft ofc.0.23cm. Both objects are as yet undated but the stratigraphy suggests a Roman date, or earlier.