The seventh season of community excavations, and the third and final year of a Heritage Lottery funded project called ‘Woking Palace and its Park’, at the Scheduled moated site by The Friends of Woking Palace, SyAS and SCAU, under the direction of R Poulton of SCAU.
Surrey County Archaeological Unit
A second phase of excavation by N Randall of SCAU, following an earlier archaeological evaluation (SyAC 99, 237) that revealed part of a previously unknown early medieval Christian burial ground, confirmed the extent of the burial ground, from which a further 225 in-situ inhumations were excavated, and revealed part of a tannery complex. A mitigation strategy was developed by which a substantial proportion of the inhumations within the development area were left in situ beneath landscaped and car park areas.
Evaluation by R Poulton of SCAU revealed no features or finds of archaeological significance.
Evaluation by M Saywood of SCAU identified no finds or features of archaeological significance.
Evaluation by M Saywood of SCAU revealed a possible medieval or post-medieval ditch terminal. A subsequent watching brief revealed two pits and the possible remnant of an occupation deposit, all dated to the late medieval or early post-medieval period.
Evaluation by T Collie of SCAU on the site of the new Spelthorne fire station revealed shallow linear ditches and a pit, all of probable Iron Age date.
Evaluation by W Weller of SCAU recovered a number of oyster shells but revealed only features indicating modern disturbance.
Conducted in 2014, evaluation by N Randall of SCAU confirmed that an area in the far north-west of the churchyard was free of burials, cremations and archaeological features.
Excavation and watching brief by W Weller of SCAU following a trial trench evaluation (SyAC 99, 228) adjacent to the Scheduled Roman villa (SM no 12849) revealed a number of flint-packed postholes, some smaller pits or postholes and an east–west ditch , all of which were of Romano-British date. The position and characteristics of a number of the postholes indicated that they were contemporary and may have formed the ground plan of a timber-framed building of unknown function. The ditch probably relates to a division between the domestic and working areas of the villa complex.
Watching brief by M Saywood of SCAU on the foundation trenches of an extension revealed only natural geology and no features or finds of archaeological significance.