Archaeological evaluation undertaken by staff from CFA Archaeology Ltd has identified further evidence for prehistoric occupation on the site of a proposed new superstore near Larkhall Academy in Larkhall. Evaluation and excavation undertaken in 2005 and 2006 in advance of construction of the new school identified evidence for Neolithc settlement in the form of pits, gullies and postholes, though no obvious structures could be identified (see WoSAS Event 3689). However, some 117 fragments of Carinated Bowl pottery were recovered, and this was one reason why further work was requested when development was proposed on the adjacent site, the other being the possible presence of a pre-Reformation chapel and burial ground within the area.
Accordingly, evaluation trenching was carried out across the area proposed for development, and despite the unpromising nature of much of the land, this has identified the presence of further evidence for prehistoric occupation. As with the features identified in 2005/06, these comprised a group of eight pits and one linear feature, including a stone-lined pit that could represent a possible hearth or clay oven, as well as two pits that produced Neolithic pottery. These features were all found on a plateau of level ground overlooking a burn valley. Again, no obvious structures could be identified, though it is hoped that the layout and nature of the settlement can be identified during subsequent phases of fieldwork.