Trenches were opened up in some of Daventry’s town centre car park last week as part of an archaeological investigation.
Three small trenches were dug to see if there is anything of historical importance buried in the town before a planning application for the development can be considered.
The archaeological digs have been required by Northamptonshire County Council’s archaeologist to examine the historical interest of the area ahead of the development.
The digs were on land near Daventry Library in North Street and next to the Primrose Hill car park.
Ten small-scale digs were originally carried out in the town in 2008 as part of the same project, but nothing of any historical significance was found.
Henry Boot Developments Limited, Daventry District Council’s development partner, recently submitted a detailed planning application for Mulberry Place – a new shopping centre, cinema and library proposed for land north of High Street in Daventry town centre.
A small number of trenches are also due to be dug to the west of the town centre stretching from Waterloo to Chaucer Way in the next few weeks, on land earmarked for ‘Site 5’ – a proposed new supermarket, petrol station and bulky goods retail units.
Councillor Chris Over, economic, employment and regeneration portfolio holder at DDC, said: “These small excavations follow on from several digs that were done in 2008 and have been needed for the submitted planning application for Mulberry Place.
“I understand that in the three excavations that have been completed the archaeologists only discovered a few pieces of medieval pottery, so while the history of this settlement dates from Saxon times it seems we’re unlikely to find any former English kings buried in Daventry!”