(Part 1, Chapter 2, Section 5) ( Bk. Index )

Archaeology on Bramley Green

  Between January and May 2001, Archaeology South-East (a division of University College, London, Field Archaeology Unit) excavated 4 areas on the Roundstone Lane Development Site, now known as Bramley Green. Their findings were as follows:

Mesolithic Period (c.8000 - 4300 BC) and Neolithic Period (c.4300 - 2500 BC)
There was evidence of activity during these periods. Flint chippings were found and a number of flint artifacts which included an arrow head.

Bronze Age (c.2500 - 700 BC)
A small Middle Bronze Age cremation cemetery was found together with evidence of ditches and gullies. Of particular interest was the discovery of a steep sided shaft which might possibly be the only Bronze Age well or ritual shaft found to date on the Coastal Plain.

Iron Age (c.700 - AD 43)
Very little was found from this period - only a small number of ditches.

Roman (AD 43 - 410)
In one area particularly, there was considerable evidence of Roman occupation. A small agricultural settlement was located overlying a Bronze Age field system. Post holes and ditches were identified from the period together with the remains of a timber beam slot building. A short length of flint track was also discovered. One of the most interesting finds was a 'T' shaped corn drying oven and nearby charred grain.

Artifacts found were also interesting and these included fine examples of Roman pottery, Samian ware (also discovered on the Roman Villa site in 1939), an iron and alloy wheel lynch pin, a number of Roman coins, and jewellry fragments.

Later Period
Finds were limited to an Anglo-Saxon or Medieval ditch and a few pottery fragments.

For fuller information and photos, see www.archaeologyse.co.uk/ReportLibrary/2003/20031333-1333-Roundstone-Lane-Angmering-EX.pdf

Last updated 11 June 2002