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Thames Valley Archaeological Services Occasional Paper 10

Middle/Later Bronze Age Occupation at Manor Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

by Sean Wallis

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Archaeological excavation on High Street, Shoreham-on-Sea, West Sussex revealed new evidence for the development of the town. Apart from a few stray finds of prehistoric struck flints, the site and adjacent areas were first lightly used in late Iron Age and early Roman times. No further use is documented until the late 12th century, when the formation of New Shoreham is historically documented. The site is then well used during the 13th and 14th centuries for domestic occupation activities, perhaps as a part of a single, large landholding. In common with many other medieval settlements across England this use comes to an abrupt end in the late 14th century, an observation easier to make than explain, though epidemic disease, economic decline or, for a coastal town, naval warfare, may all have their part to play. Sustained reuse was not to take place until 19th-century terraced houses were built, followed by a cinema, car show room, and latterly, the residential accommodation which necessitated the excavations described below. This paper includes reports on modest but significant assemblages of pottery and animal bones (among other finds). The quantity of ship nails among the metal finds suggests ship- breaking was among the activities on the site or nearby.

A4 soft cover, 22pp, illustrated throughout including 7 colour plates.

ISBN 978-1-911228-03-5

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Occasional Papers

Newest Papers: Our latest additions to the TVAS Occasional Paper series

Occasional Paper 1: Medieval Occupation at RAF Quedgeley, Gloucestershire

Occasional Paper 2: Medieval Boundaries and an Early Post-Medieval Manor House at Beeches Manor, Reading Road, Wokingham, Berkshire

Occasional Paper 3: Middle Bronze Age and Middle Iron Age Occupation and Post-Medieval Limekilns at RAF Staff College, Broad Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire

Occasional Paper 4: Medieval Occupation in Marston, Oxford

Occasional Paper 5: Bronze Age and Middle Iron Age Occupation and Roman Fields at Lidsey Landfill, Woodgate, West Sussex

Occasional Paper 6: Medieval Haddenham, Buckinghamshire: Excavations at Townsend and Fort End, 2011 and 2013

Occasional Paper 7: Medieval Settlement at Oak Farm, Milcombe, Banbury, Oxfordshire: Excavation in 2012

Occasional Paper 8: Roman and Medieval Occupation at The Former Worcester City Football Club, St George's Lane, Worcester

Occasional Paper 9: Middle/Later Bronze Age Occupation at Manor Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

Occasional Paper 10: Excavation of Medieval Occupation at Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Occasional Paper 11: Medieval and Post-Medieval Occupation at 47 Endless Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Occasional Paper 12: A Middle Bronze Age Pit Circle and Field System, and Roman Settlement at Hitches Lane, Fleet, Hampshire

Occasional Paper 13: The Archaeology of four Pipelines in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire