AOC (Archaeology) Group

Walton Oaks, Walton-on-the-Hill

Evaluation by T Howe of AOC, on behalf of Pfizer Ltd, of a site to be redeveloped for offices. The evaluation revealed features possibly associated with former garden layouts. The westernmost trench contained the remains of an extremely large ditch, which contained no dating evidence; a sherd of abraded Roman greyware pottery was collected from the fill during machining but this is likely to be residual. In the southernmost trench brick built foundations, probably 19th century in date, were revealed.

16-20 Bridge Street, Leatherhead

Evaluation by G Bruce of AOC in advance of office redevelopment revealed post-medieval pits and post-holes. The nature of the features encountered confirm the view, from post-medieval cartographic sources, that the part of the site to be redeveloped was predominantly open ground, at the rear of the street frontage. A small assemblage of worked flint was also recovered, and whilst it is residual and not possible to date, does add to the general picture of prehistoric activity within Leatherhead.

1 Castle Hill, Guildford

Watching brief by D Hart of AOC during the construction of an access ramp. An undated pit was revealed cut directly into the bedrock chalk. This was sealed by the foundations and remains of a section of the wall of the Castle’s Great Hall. The wall was seen to be 2m wide, and constructed from ragstone and chalk. An internal partition wall was also recorded, together with the remains of internal floors.

Puttenham Golf Club, Puttenham

Evaluation by A Stephenson of AOC prior to the construction of a groundkeeper’s building. No features of archaeological interest were revealed, although a number of probable Bronze Age worked flints were recovered. Owing to the close proximity of the Scheduled Ancient Monument of Frowsbury Mound bowl barrow, a watching brief will be undertaken in early 2002 on the further excavations for the building.

Mead Lane, Chertsey

Evaluation by A Stephenson of AOC prior to a residential redevelopment. No finds or features of archaeological interest were recorded, although examination of peat deposits found near the course of the river Bourne suggested that prehistoric cereal cultivation had taken place in the area during a hiatus in flooding episodes. The lack of artefactual evidence has precluded a precise date for this cultivation, although analysis is ongoing.

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