IRON Age remains may have been found in a Harborough field earmarked for possible housing development.
Archaeological experts have dug trenches at the site, off Lubenham Hill, to investigate further.
Evidence of possible cattle and sheep farming by agricultural workers in the Iron Age is believed to have discovered.
Resident Red Williams said: “A crew started digging trenches with a JCB on Monday. I heard there’s an Iron Age dig taking place in the field near where I live at the top right-hand side of Lubenham Hill near the spinney.”
The site is being eyed-up by developers Linden Homes for housing and it commissioned an archaeological report to be carried out as part of its pre-planning application consultation.
Archaeological consultant Mike Dawson, from CGMS which is conducting the survey, said it was too early to comment on the significance of the find.
Residents overlooking the fields have expressed concerns over their countryside views being spoilt by houses.