Prehistoric

Albury Park

Fieldwalking by D Montgomery recovered 235 pieces of struck flint across an area of 6 ha. A concentration was noted at TQ 063 474. The flint included 72 unused secondary flakes, 3 flake cores, 23 blades or blade parts, 10 microlith blades, 1 scraper and part of a Neolithic polished axe reused as a scraper. (275)

Tongham Nurseries

Evaluation by trial trenching of an area to be used as a borrow pit for the Blackwater Valley Route, by Graham Hayman of SCAU for SCC. Occasional features of earlier prehistoric and Roman date were noted, but the principal archaeological interest within the site was evidence for Iron Age settlement. Formal excavation of five areas followed. Two of the excavated areas revealed some features of Iron Age date, but three areas contained the major parts of four substantial Iron Age settlements.

Midgarth, High Street, Oxshott

Correction to report in SyAC 80 (for 1988-89): E Crossland points out that in the even the did not carry out site watching at this site. It was however subsequently evaluated by trial trenching by S P Dyer for SCAU and Elmbridge Borough Council, but nothing of archaeological interest was found except one indeterminate struck flint scraper. (279)

Home Farm, Oxted

Evaluation by Sutton Archaeological Services for Linden Homes South-East Ltd of part of a site to be developed for residential use. Several sherds of Roman and medieval pottery, several prehistoric flints and an unidentifiable bronze coin were recovered. These were not associated with archaeological features and are thought likely to derive from upslope. A small ditch, a gully and a posthole were found; the ditch and gully contained no finds, though a small sherd of medieval pottery was recovered from the posthole.

Mayes Place, Warlingham

Evaluation by P Jones of SCAU for J P Whelan Ltd, of land west of the former Mayes Place, followed on from evaluation of part of the redevelopment site in 1993. Undisturbed stratigraphy was recorded, but the only find of interest was a broken flint blade.

Land east of Place Farm, Bletchingley

Evaluation by G Hayman of SCAU for Hepworth Minerals & Chemicals Ltd, of two areas proposed for mineral extraction, following on from fieldwalking of one of the areas (centred TQ 333 517). The fieldwalking exercise recovered medieval and post-medieval material, as well as a quantity of prehistoric flint. Evaluation of this area recovered a few more stray finds and revealed the remains of a substantial hearth or kiln apparently of post-medieval date, a sand quarry of post-medieval date, and a couple of ditches and a posthole that contained prehistoric material.

18–32 London Road, Staines

Evaluation by G Hayman of SCAU for Conoco Ltd of the site of a proposed petrol filling station. Ancient soil horizons were found beneath modern levels, containing prehistoric, Roman and medieval material, indicating activity of all these periods in the vicinity. Several features were also recorded: a ditch of late 3rd to 4th century date; a ditch of late 13th century date; an undated ditch of some antiquity. No further features were noted during a subsequent watching brief on the redevelopment.

2-8 High Street, Staines

An evaluation by G Hayman of SCAU for Pearce Construction (South East) Ltd, of a redevelopment site in the centre of the town, found that some of the site had been damaged by the construction of modern basements, but that extensive stratigraphy survived elsewhere. A sequence of prehistoric, Roman and medieval deposits was recorded. Subsequent excavation was carried out by T Ennis of Tempus Reparatum. The earliest activity on the site appears to have been Late Bronze Age, followed by occupation in the Late Iron Age or early Roman period.

Land at Home Farm, Laleham

Evaluation by G Hayman of SCAU for Greenham Construction Materials and Tarmac Roadstone Ltd, of phase 4 of mineral extraction at this site, followed on from evaluation and excavation of the earlier phases in previous years. Two areas of archaeological interest, both occupying slightly elevated positions, were noted and subsequently excavated. A variety of features, mainly Middle or Late Bronze Age but including some Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age, were recorded. Finds included fragments of perforated clay slabs, which are typically Late Bronze Age.

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