Prehistoric

Motorway Service Area, Cobham

An archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Tom Collie, at the proposed Motorway Service Area, Cobham, Surrey. The work was undertaken between 8th and 21st May 2007 on behalf of Gifford. Thirty two 50m by 2.5m trenches were excavated. The evaluation revealed limited archaeological evidence. Of the thirty two trenches excavated, the following twenty were archaeologically negative: trenches 3, 5 - 7, 12 -19, 22 - 23, 25 - 29 and 32. Trench 1 only contained a modern pit associated with refuse dumping.

Land west of Sweeter’s Copse, Alfold

Fieldwalking by S Stevens of ASE recovered prehistoric, Romano-British, medieval and post-medieval material in varying quantities, mostly from the southern part of the examined area. There was some correlation between the distribution of the Romano-British and medieval finds and the location of potential buried archaeological features identified during a concurrent geophysical survey.

Land at Egley Road, Woking

Evaluation by D Britchfield of WA identified evidence for prehistoric activity on or in the vicinity of the site in the form of residual burnt flint and a flint blade of Mesolithic or early Neolithic date. A small quantity of medieval pottery was recovered from a tree-throw hollow but a small pit contained no datable material. Features such as a grubbed-out hedgerow and an infilled ditch indicated that the landscape had been altered in the recent past.

Castle Place, Bletchingly

An archaeological evaluation was undertaken by David Fallon, at Castle Place, Bletchingley, Surrey. The work was undertaken between 2nd of November and 8th November 2007 on behalf of Mr. J. Foster. One 15m long trench was excavated. The underlying natural green sand subsoil was encountered at a maximum depth of 1.10m below current ground level in the western end of the trench. The archaeological horizon was encountered at 0.55m below current ground level at the eastern end of the trench sloping away to the west and a maximum depth of 1.00m below current ground level.

Puttenham Common Landscape Survey (vol 2)

Survey undertaken under the direction of C Currie of CKCA, as part of the Community Archaeology Project, for SCC and SyAS, to assess whether the study area should be designated as an ASHLV. Both documentary research and fieldwork added greatly to existing knowledge and confirmed the reports of later 19th century antiquarians who had identified extensive prehistoric and Roman activity in the area.

Land to the north of Shepperton Studios (Thames Water Land), Land to the north of Shepperton Studios (Thames Water Land), Shepperton

Limited evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA in order to inform decisions about use and management of the site revealed linear features likely to be the remnants of post-medieval ploughing, and recovered residual burnt and worked prehistoric flints and medieval and post-medieval ceramic building material and pottery.

Land to the south of Shepperton Studios (south-east corner of the Backlot), Shepperton

Evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA revealed circular pit type incisions and irregularly shaped cuts which appear more likely to be of natural origin, but several pieces of burnt and struck flint and pottery were recovered from the natural gravel and alluvial horizons and suggest occupation by prehistoric communities within the area.

Land to north and south of M25, Downside, near Cobham

Investigation by D Britchfield of WA in advance of the construction of a Motorway Service Area comprising an evaluation to the north of the motorway, and a soil stripping, mapping and sampling exercise to its south in an area where evaluation by ASE in 2007 had revealed possible deposits of prehistoric origin. The soil stripping, mapping and sampling exercise revealed a post-medieval ditch, suggested to be a remnant of an 18th century field system, but no further evidence of the admittedly ambiguous features identified in 2007.

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