Spelthorne

Vicarage Road, Sunbury

Evaluation trial trenching by S P Dyer for SCAU and Thameswey Homes Ltd revealed probably BA features including pits and a ditch. (278) The subsequent excavation by Graham Hayman of SCAU, for Thameswey Homes Ltd, produced evidence for more than one phase of use in the early-middle Bronze Age. Excavated features included two large pits, identified as waterholes, which were waterlogged, preserving organic materials not normally found on archaeological sites. One piece of preserved wood is thought to have been the base of a bucket.

Nutty Lane, Shepperton

Evaluation by trial trenching in advance of tree planting was carried out by P M G Jones of SCAU for SCC. The site lay on the projected alignment of the prehistoric pit rows excavated at Staines Road Farm in 1989, but no archaeological features were observed.

The Margins, Shepperton

Evaluation trial trenching carried out by S P Dyer for SCAU and Tarmac Ltd located a number of buried stream and river channels but no artefacts were found. (279) Subsequent observation of gravel extraction located much animal bone, including aurochs. Some of the bone, particularly antler, showed evidence for human working. Two human skulls were also found in the buried channels. (282)

Home Farm, Laleham

Field walking in advance of gravel extraction, by Graham Hayman of SCAU for Greenham Construction Materials Ltd and Tarmac Roadstone Ltd, revealed concentrations of struck flint of Neolithic or Bronze Age date. A wide variety of tools was represented, including scrapers, awls, burins and arrowheads, and the presence of cores and hammerstones, as well as a large number of waste flakes, indicated that flint working was taking place in the vicinity.

Town Hall, Staines

A watching brief on groundworks at the Town Hall and some excavation was carried out by P M G Jones of SCAU for Spelthorne Borough Council. This confirmed that the building lay over medieval and Roman near-shore muds and silts which were sealed below 16th-17th century levels, probably representing foreshore reclamation. A reed peat filled feature of 15th century date was recorded, which contained numerous cut offs of wood and scraps of leather. The earliest buildings on the site appear to be late 15th or 16th century in date.

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