Working in partnership since 2014 we continue to provide archaeological services for South East Water covering a wide variety of Water Infrastructure schemes
We carried out an Archaeological Desk Based Assessment and Walkover Survey for this scheme which represents a continuation of previous work.
We identified that the pipeline route crossed a landscape of archaeological potential.
Evidence of prehistoric flint scatters and burials of prehistoric or medieval date had been previously found adjacent to the Hog’s Back Reservoir (immediately north of the A31) at the southern end of the route.
A late Iron Age/Romano-British temple complex, designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, was located north-east of the pipeline, while evidence of medieval or post-medieval industrial activity had been recorded towards the northern end of the route.
A Walkover Survey of the route of the scheme was also undertaken, which identified few visible features of archaeological interest, with the exception of a possible relict watercourse feature towards the northern end of the route.
Following the DBA and Walkover Survey we undertook a programme of Archaeological Observation.
Although no archaeological features were subsequently identified, finds recovered suggested activity in the area from the Mesolithic or early Neolithic through the Romano-British and medieval to the post-medieval periods. Evidence of late medieval pottery was identified and may derive from a pottery manufacturing centre to the west of the pipeline route.
Key PointsWatching Brief for Hog’s Back Reservoir Mains Reinforcement Scheme following our Desk Based Assessment and Walkover SurveyContinuation of previous work carried out by Border Evidence of finds ranging in date from the Prehistoric to the Post-medieval period
Archaeological programme carried out within agreed timescale ensuring pipeline works were completed on schedule