Matthew Arnold School, Staines

Watching brief by T Munnery of SCAU during construction of an artificial pitch on and adjoining the Scheduled Caesar’s Camp, following evaluation in 2008. The design of the pitch was changed after the evaluation to maximise the preservation in situ of deposits indicated to be present, with the majority of the impact of the development not extending below the subsoil. The topsoil and subsoil yielded a good quantity of Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age flintwork, along with a lesser amount of Late Upper Palaeolithic or Mesolithic flintwork, and occasional ceramic finds of Saxon and Roman date were also recovered. Some impact on the slightly undulating underlying natural gravel did occur, and one such occurrence led to the discovery of an Early Neolithic pit containing flintwork, pottery and charred remains.