Reported that A J Clark is to carry out geophysical surveys of the moated site (TQ 050 352) and of the bloomery site located in the previous year by Judie English in golf course construction. Further details of worked flint scatters reported last year are now available. It is noted that all four sites are slightly raised above the general level. Pat Nicolaysen helped to identify the flint types, which are as follows:
Evaluation of the site for a supermarket by R J Poulton for SCAU and the Co-operative Wholesale Society. Archaeological features were revealed and then formally excavated. The pottery recovered dates from the 9th to the 13th centuries and the features uncovered seem to indicate the presence of a farmstead on the site during that period. (257)
Fieldwalking as a first stage of evaluation in advance of mineral extraction by S P Dyer for SCAU and Pioneer Aggregates UK Ltd. A number of clay pits were found across the area, presumably indicating clay was being dug for pottery manufacture. A quantity of Roman period pottery was found and it is known that this region had a widespread pottery industry from the 1st century AD onwards. However, a number of 16th and 17th century pot sherds, some apparently manufacturing wasters, were also found.
Evaluation of part of the proposed route of the A31 Runfold Diversion and Blackwater Valley Route by G N Hayman for SCAU and SCC (County Engineer's Department). A large number of burnt flints, probable prehistoric features, a large number of Roman features and a medieval ditch were uncovered. The Roman features, ditches and rubbish pits, contained large quantities of animal bones and pottery dated to the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.
Report by K D Graham that the collapse of part of the bank of the Wey had revealed traces of a probable kiln of unknown date.
Watching brief on extension to Elphicks Department Store by R J Poulton and P M G Jones for SCAU and Kemp Stroud. Major part of area had previously been extensively disturbed, but a small portion of pit or ditch was identified, from which a large sherd of 16th century pottery and a bronze bucket fitting were recovered.
Evaluation trial trenching by Graham Hayman and S P Dyer for SCAU and Hunting Gate Homes Ltd did not locate anything of archaeological interest. (282)
A watching brief on topsoil stripping during construction of the golf course was carried out by Rob Poulton of SCAU for BMP Building Ltd. No archaeological features and only a few pieces of worked flint of Mesolithic or Neolithic date were observed.
Report by Greta Turner on progress on the clearance and study of the scheduled moated site. It is suggested that the small island east of the main island was never part of a larger island, later split, but was just a retaining bank to help control the run-off from the moat. A detailed survey drawing prepared by the RCHME is presented. A later report notes the completion of restoration and ‘opening’ of the site, with a reconstruction drawing. (267; 284; see report in SyAC 87, 127-145)
Report by S P Dyer of initial results of historic landscape survey carried out for SCC, SyAS and the National Trust. The survey had located the boundary bank between Godalming and Farnham hundreds, medieval and Tudor field systems and related building platforms, various holloways and other tracks, property boundaries and woodland banks, saw pits and charcoal burning hearths and earthworks attributed to the Canadian Army in the Second World War.