Watching brief carried out by J Perry of SutAS during the construction of a mobile telephone network mast. Numerous fragments of worked and burnt flint were recovered, together with a fragment of burnt flint-tempered pottery of probable Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age date, from sandy deposits interpreted as being riverine in origin. The report concludes that there was no evidence for archaeology in the trench.
Fieldwalking by J English of SyAS in a field attached to the farm recovered 72 struck flints of possible Bronze Age date, three sherds of 13th century-type pottery and a thin scatter of post-medieval pottery and tile fragments. (376)
Evaluation and watching brief by J Pine of TVAS on further areas of the proposed University of Surrey expansion site, following the previous evaluation and excavation works in 2002 and 2003. The evaluation produced evidence for Early to Middle Bronze Age activity, in the form of isolated pits. Medieval activity was also noted, in the form of pits, ditches and a possible hearth. Given their proximity to the nearby moated site of Manor Farm, it is assumed that they are associated with activity relating to this site, although the dating evidence was not clear.
Evaluation by R Wardill of WA of land proposed as the location for new football pitches. A concentration of possible Bronze Age activity comprising at least five ditches was located at the eastern end, and two isolated ditches with similar fills were found towards the centre and western end of the area evaluated. Bronze Age flint artefacts were found in the subsoil across the area, with the highest density in the area of the westernmost ditch. A single ditch containing medieval pottery and two undated postholes were also revealed.
Watching brief by R Cowie of MoLAS following evaluation and excavation of part of the site last year. The excavation had been located in the area where the evaluation had revealed that features were concentrated. The work identified at least three pits of possible Neolithic date, three Bronze Age ditches representing part of a co-axial field system including the corner of an enclosure, two water-holes likely to be contemporaneous with the enclosure, and a Roman pit.
Continuing excavation by G Hayman of SCAU south of those areas excavated in previous years revealed further features of Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman date. The Bronze Age features consisted mostly of ditches belonging to a co-axial field system that developed during the Late Bronze Age, but also included one large pit and a small pit or posthole. The field system has been traced across all areas of the quarry that have been examined since work began in 1999 and extends for an unknown distance beyond it.
Geophysical survey by A Bartlett of BCC, with a supplementary evaluation by P Jones of SCAU, in order to test the potential effectiveness of geophysical survey over the site. A number of magnetic anomalies were detected, although no corresponding archaeological features were revealed, suggesting that full geophysical survey of the site would not be productive. Subsequent evaluation involving the excavation of 464 trenches by A Taylor of TVAS in advance of possible mineral extraction revealed a wide range of finds and deposits.
Evaluation by E Eastbury of MoLAS prior to redevelopment found that most of the site had suffered severe truncation of any potential deposits during the construction of the existing buildings. A small area was found to contain a deep feature, containing stratified material dating from the Late Neolithic to Roman periods. Owing to the large size of the feature, its extent or exact nature could not be verified. A subsequent watching brief on the area where the feature was presumed to continue provided no further information.
Ongoing research excavation by P Harp of Plateau continued to recover later prehistoric artefacts. In the 2003 season, approximately 100 pieces of struck flint and ten sherds of late prehistoric pottery were recovered from just beneath the plough-soil. An additional test pit was excavated as part of the Time Team `Big Dig’; finds consisted mainly of Bronze Age struck flint, one sherd of Bronze Age pottery, one rim sherd of Late Roman pottery and three fragments of medieval roof tile
Watching brief by R Lambert of SCAU during the excavation of service and drainage trenches relating to the construction of a new toilet block. No features were revealed, but a small quantity of human bone, likely to be relatively recent, was collected. A few stray finds, including a flint flake likely to be of Neolithic or Bronze Age date, and clay pipe, were retrieved from the spoil.