A series of trenches were excavated as part of the archaeological evaluation of 5ha of fields north of the Smoke House Inn, west of Skeltons Drove .
The evaluation showed that there were areas of archaeology surviving at each end of the development area. Systems of Roman and medieval ditches at the south end of the field probably constitutes a number of field boundaries, or field drainage networks. Hollows in the southern part of the site were probably part of the system into which the ditches fed.
There was evidence of Iron Age activity in and around the hollow at the northern end of the site. The Iron-Age deposits had a direct relationship to the underlying peat deposits and the peat was well preserved.