Evaluation by B Taylor and A Stephenson of AOC revealed extensive evidence for previous disturbance, and no finds or features of interest.
AOC (Archaeology) Group
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.
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.
Evaluation by D Palmer of AOC in advance of the construction of office buildings revealed no evidence of archaeological activity on the site.
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.
Report on a walkover field survey carried out in 2001 under the direction of L Pontin of AOC in advance of redevelopment of the site as a golf course. The survey located a number of areas of interest containing features of probable Post-Medieval or modern date.
Watching brief by A Stevenson of AOC following a 2001 evaluation. Despite the proximity of Frowsbury Mound - a large barrow of probable Neolithic or Bronze Age date - no finds or features of interest were revealed.
Historic building recording by S Lilley of AOC prior to conversion. The structure was recorded and assessed as dating to the mid-17th century, although the presence of a medieval down brace suggests re-use of materials from an earlier structure. Evidence for a substantial fire within the structure at some point in its history was also catalogued.
Evaluation by C Clarke of AOC indicated that the archaeological horizons in those areas tested had in the main avoided groundworks associated with the modern development of the site, but the evaluation did not identify any deposits of significance, with a small shallow pit of post-medieval date being the only feature revealed.
Evaluation by I Hogg of AOC revealed one definite and one possible ditch, which may have been part of a field system, and a posthole of probable post-medieval or modern date, but no dating evidence for any of the features.