“Significant archeological remains” have been discovered in Bridlington ahead of work to build a new hotel and revamped car park.
Archaeological trenching near the Lobster Pot on Kingsgate has revealed artefacts that could date back to prehistoric times.
Two “square barrows” that may have been used as burial sites during the Iron Age were discovered, along with ditches and “post holes dating to the Iron Age or Roman Period”.
The findings were uncovered after the Humber Sites and Monuments Record recommended the developer, Marstons, to carry out trail trenching at the site.
Planning archaeologist James Goodyear said: “Aerial photographs of the site itself and the immediate area show a considerable number of crop marks.
“The application lies within an extremely sensitive archaeological landscape, close to a number of heritage assets that are thought to date from the prehistoric and or Roman-British periods.”
Pub chain Marton’s application to build a new 27-bedroom holiday lodge and revamp its car park was approved by the East Riding Council last month.
The trail trenching took place in December and reported upon in January 2016. However the report for the works was not submitted in time to be considered in determining the planning application.
It meant a number of conditions were imposed, prohibiting the developer from carrying out any construction work until a programme of archeological work was implemented.
No human remains were uncovered during the trial trenching at the Lobster Pot.
If human remains are found in future, they must be cleaned with minimal disturbance before removed.
The Free Press asked Marstons to comment on the findings, but the pub chain declined to comment.
Marston’s Estate Ltd will construct a new 27 bedroom hotel and revamped car park at land adjacent to the Lobster Pot, on Kingsgate.
The applicant’s planning statement says: “The proposal will offer a service to local housing as well as visitors to the area. Development of the site will bring a new identity to a previously redundant land use, providing a linked site development with the existing public house.”
It comes after Premier Inn unveiled plans for its new 80 bedroom hotel to be built on the Beaconsfield Car Park - a move which has drawn criticism from residents over traffic worries.