The lower half of a Bargate quernstone of c 2nd century BC found several years ago in deep ploughing, reported (Feb 1978) by Ann Watson. (144)
Excavation (Mar 1978) by M.G. O'Connell for SyAS and DOE located LBA or EIA pottery and associated features in an area much disturbed in modern times. (155)
Excavation (1946-9, by T.K. Walls) of part of a 'native' farmstead of 1st century BC and 1st century AD, with residual material of late 5th and 4th century BC, reported by J.F. Cotton. Notable finds include 9 inscribed bone counters, (Britannia 8 (1977), 445 and fig 30). (145; report in SyAC 88, 1-42)
Excavation by D Graham for Surrey and Hants Border Archaeological Group located probably EIA pits and eight scattered gold staters after an initial discovery by a metal detector user.
Excavation by M G O'Connell for SCC, DOE and Ready Mixed Concrete Ltd, in advance of gravel extraction, examined a large area of a crop mark complex including a prehistoric trackway and a hut probably of similar LBA/EIA date. (164)
Excavation by E Crossland for LDLHS recovered small fragments of unstratified IA pottery, and recorded a gully and a straight-sided pit.
Excavation by E Crossland for LDLHS of a site producing IA an RB pottery from pit and ditch features, discovered in M25 construction.
Aerial photography by K D Graham revealed the existence of a sub-rectangular double ditched enclosure of approximately 1.6ha. Possible IA date suggested by supposed finds by metal detector users of IA and Roman Republican coins in this area. Fieldwaiking of field immediately to west revealed a late 1st to early 2nd century RB site. (194; see note in this volume by David Graham and R A Merson)
Excavation by D J Field for LTRG of earthwork enclosure (of c 9ha) noted in survey. The bank and ditch were sectioned at the southern end and their existence and antiquity confirmed.:The ditch had been cut through layers of tabular sandstone which had apparently been used to construct parallel dump walls some 3m apart to serve as a rampart core or revetment. It seemed that the ditch was sampled at or near a terminal, as it rose from 2.4m deep on the west side of the trench to 1.4m on the east.
First reports of discovery of late IA and Roman Republican coins by metal detector users, followed by the first looting raids.