Majestic House, Staines-upon-Thames

Evaluation and excavation by C Ellis of COT followed initial evaluation of the site by AOC in 2006 (SyAC 94, 368). The work revealed that large parts of the site had been subject to extensive modern disturbance but excavation in two areas revealed evidence of activity from the Mesolithic, Neolithic/Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, medieval and post-medieval periods. The Mesolithic was represented by residual worked flint artefacts from later features. A barrow ring-ditch of Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age origin, associated with a small number of pits and postholes, contained Iron Age and Roman pottery from later fills, which may suggest that the ring-ditch was an extant feature in the landscape during these periods. Further Iron Age activity was represented by a pit and three drainage features. Roman activity was characterised by land management and settlement activity from the early 2nd century on the western and eastern extents of the site. Medieval activity was also characterised by land management and settlement activity in these areas, with the field/drainage ditches maintained in the same location and alignments into the post-medieval period (17th–19th centuries). A double horse burial pit of 17th–18th century date was revealed alongside and respecting one such ditch. (SyAC 99, 129–48)