Bronze Age

Imber Court Trading Estate, Orchard Lane, East Molesey

A phase of post-demolition evaluation, test pits and strip, map and record excavations by W Perkins of PCA, following pre-demolition evaluation in 2016 (SyAC 101, 214), showed severe disturbance across much of the site owing to its former industrial uses. However, initial evaluation showed that areas of undisturbed land were present and the later phase of work revealed more of a series of natural palaeochannels, first recorded in 2016, threading across the north-west of the site.

Amlets Lane, Cranleigh

Evaluation by A Taylor and D Platt of TVAS revealed three pits, one of which contained a Bronze Age urn, the others were undated. The vessel form and fabric of the urn fits into the middle to later Deverel-Rimbury tradition. The profile is of a type that has been described as ‘sub-biconical’ and examples, with a flattened rim and a row of perforations, occur in southern British Deverel-Rimbury assemblages from East Anglia to Dorset.

Rydens Enterprise School, Hersham Road, Hersham

Evaluation by J Whelan of COT, following a largely negative ground penetrating radar survey by D Bunn of Pre-construct Geophysics Ltd, revealed two pits that produced pottery dating from the Middle to Late Bronze Age and a dispersed series of ditches that corresponded with the geophysical survey results and cartographic evidence of post-medieval field boundaries or, in one instance, a modern linear bank.

Horsell Common, Woking

Excavation of a trench across the westernmost bell barrow on Horsell Common by volunteers from SyAS under the direction of D and A Graham, with further assistance from members of the Horsell Common Preservation Society. The work, carried out in advance of footpath diversion and restoration works, highlighted that the barrow had been subject to a large number of 19th and 20th century interventions, but that much of the original structure survived intact. See D Graham, A Graham, N P Branch and M Simmonds, this volume, 125-40. (435)

Watersplash Farm, Fordbridge Road, Shepperton

Evaluation by N Brennan of WA within four areas of a proposed mineral extraction site that appeared to contain a possible 19th century mill site and a possible sub-circular enclosure. No evidence of the mill site was revealed, but the evaluation confirmed the presence of the large sub-oval enclosure on a slightly raised area of ground. The enclosure survived as a ditch, with no traces of a bank, and was identified in three of the evaluation trenches. The ditch contained a small quantity of Middle-Late Bronze Age pottery.

Franklands Drive, Addlestone

Soil stripping, mapping and sampling by I Howell of MOLA, continuing work that commenced in 2010. Two additional Roman-period urned cremation burials were revealed, as well as a probable Middle Bronze Age vessel, and a shallow gully of indeterminate date. Further areas investigated as part of the phase II investigations showed a lack of prehistoric or Roman activity, although some limited post-medieval evidence in the form of shallow gullies and pits was observed.


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