Rowhurst excavations 2019-2022

Rowhurst house and some of the test pits

A community test-pitting program took place in 2019 at Rowhurst near Leatherhead in Surrey. The site has a Grade II* listed building on the site dating back to 1346 and surface finds on the site included Bronze Age and Roman pottery and an Iron Age gold stater. The public were given experience in both test-pitting and finds processing.

The society returned to the site in 2020 and 2022 to excavate trenches over areas of interest. More Bronze Age and Iron Age pottery was found as well as Roman pottery. There was very little Medieval pottery, but a large amount of post-Medieval pottery was discovered near the house. A deep boundary ditch contained Bronze Age pottery and some Roman pottery. One section of the ditch had a possible flint post-hole with a large piece of Roman amphora in the base and pieces of a Medieval shelly ware pot were also found.

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