Evaluation by SutAS, for the British Marine Industries Federation, of land proposed for office development revealed alluvial silts and peats, which were sampled for palaeo-environmental analysis. Analysis by ArchaeoScope Consulting indicates that sedimentation commenced prior to 7000 BC (early Holocene/Mesolithic). The deposits represent the fill of abandoned river channels, probably being actively created and infilled during a period of at least a thousand years in the early Holocene.
Evaluation by J Robertson of SCAU, for RAC Motoring Services Ltd, on the site of RAC’s proposed new headquarters. No finds or features of archaeological interest were revealed and the four trenches excavated confirmed that the site had been substantially truncated
Evaluation by S Foreman of OAU, for of Dunthorne Parker Architects, in advance of the construction of an office building. A single ditch of recent date was revealed, which also contained a residual prehistoric struck flint.
Evaluation by T Howe of AOC, for Anglerare Ltd, in advance of redevelopment of land to the rear of these properties, revealed little evidence for medieval activity. Sealed below a layer of redeposited brickearth, however, a few features of prehistoric date were found. Two of these contained fragments of Late Bronze Age or Early Iron Age pottery, as well as some burnt flint, another simply burnt flint. Residual flints of Mesolithic or Neolithic date were also recovered from one of these features.
Evaluation by G Potter of MoLAS, for Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd, in advance of office development. No archaeological features or finds were encountered, although the site was found to relatively undisturbed.
Evaluation by R Poulton of SCAU, for Thameswey Homes Ltd, in advance of residential development, revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Following evaluation of Phase 4 of this mineral extraction site in 1997, by G Hayman of SCAU for RMC Aggregates, a watching brief was maintained by SCAU on the stripping of the area. A couple of features of Middle Iron Age and Roman date were revealed, but the main features of interest appear to be Bronze Age. These features included a round house with an ancillary gulley and an enclosure ditch. A pit within the round house included part of a cup decorated by slashes made with a flint blade or flake.
Evaluation by J Stevenson and M Dover of SCAU, for Bovis Homes, in advance of residential redevelopment. No features or finds of archaeological interest were revealed.
Watching brief by N Shaikhley of SCAU, for Stedman Contracting, revealed no significant finds or features, in an area which exhibited signs of extensive 20th century ground disturbance.
A watching brief carried out by R Poulton and S Hind of SCAU, for Foxlea Developments Ltd, during construction of the new club building revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.