Lime Trees Primary School, Battlebridge Lane, Merstham

Evaluation and subsequent excavation by W Weller of SCAU produced residual Mesolithic and Neolithic flintwork and a potential Bronze Age ditch terminal. An intensive period of activity began in the Middle Iron Age and extended into the early 2nd century AD, with a series of boundary or enclosure ditches and pits dominating the excavated area. The ditches may have formed a rectangular enclosure or field boundaries associated with a central domestic enclosure of a previously, partially recorded farmstead. A large quantity of grain was recovered from a number of storage pits and possible cremated remains were recorded in two features. The farmstead appears to have been in almost continual use from the Middle Iron Age through to the early Saxon period. A series of pits of that date yielded structural elements or the possible remains of a hearth.