Land off Arran Way, Esher

Evaluation by T Munnery of SCAU. The earliest material was Late Upper Palaeolithic/Mesolithic and Mesolithic/Neolithic flintwork from later features and overburden although residual, may originate from an occupation site or sites nearby. The most concentrated phase of activity was of Bronze Age, especially Late Bronze Age, date. Pits and ditches and a buried subsoil indicate the utilisation of the site for settlement. Residual sherds of Roman pottery in later features and the subsoil, and a single Saxon and early medieval pit, attest to the continued exploitation of the area, although not necessarily settlement. Remains of The Grove, a building that burned down in the 1970s and believed to be of late 18th century origin, were also revealed. Subsequent excavation by N Randall of SCAU in 2014 produced finds and features spanning a date range from the Upper Palaeolithic to the post-medieval period. The prominent period of activity was the Bronze Age, with a series of field boundary or enclosure ditches of Middle–Late Bronze Age date dominating the excavated area. The discovery of a Late Bronze Age metalworker’s hoard within an in-situ pot is of regional importance while the discovery of a series of postholes, also dated to the Bronze Age, may be evidence of a domestic roundhouse or possibly an open-fronted workshop. Evidence of Saxon occupation in the form of a possible sunken-featured building and post-medieval horticultural activity was also revealed.