Mole Valley

Ashtead Common villa and tile works, Ashtead

Excavation by D Bird for the Roman Studies Group of SyAS. Excavations were aimed at completing work on the area of the ‘new’ building discovered in 2010, the villa excavated by A W G Lowther and the two-period tile kiln. A trench across the latter revealed further detail of the construction of the back walls of both kilns, the side walls of the later kiln and a possibly uniquely surviving vent associated with the first period kiln. Tiled surfaces found in the corners were probably used as post pads for a cover structure, as none were found except at the corners.

Rear of 7–8 and 8–9 West Street, Dorking

Watching briefs undertaken by F Pemberton and S Nelson of SyAS revealed made-ground over the whole site in the form of dumped deposits comprising pottery kiln waste and other material of post-medieval date. The deposits filled shallow quarry pits, presumably dug to obtain sand. Little evidence of early occupation was found and it is likely that the area remained as back land/garden use probably until the 18th century. A small assemblage of 18th century clay tobacco pipe bowls, including some Dorking-manufactured examples, was retrieved.

Waitrose, South Street, Dorking

Evaluation by T Munnery of SCAU. Medieval features comprising pits, postholes, a well and a possible buried soil were revealed. Two of the features and the buried soil may be as early as the late 12th or early 13th century. A relatively large number of struck flints, mostly of Mesolithic but also Neolithic date were recovered, mostly from one location in a limited-sized test pit. Sherds of Roman and Saxon pottery recovered are likely to be residual and unlikely to indicate that significant evidence from these periods is present on the site.


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