Heydon Grange - Archaeological Field Assessment & Fieldwalking
The whole site of the proposed golf course was walked in lines about 30m apart, chosen to suit the geomorphology of each field and the direction of survey egress. All the farm was planted with crops just emergent. Weathering and surface conditions were good for identification of artifacts and for long distance viewing. The lithic activity was very much higher than expected and presumably relates to the well known prehistoric monuments and cropmarks on the nearby chalk ridge. It is in accord with lithics found to the west of the area (in a gravel pit at TL 416 427 (SMR 04004 and at TL 408 423 (SMR 03984)). There is every liklihood that the activity represents part of the 'settlement' area, and was probably wetter in prehistoric times than now. It lies below the chalk ridge and must collect water, even though this is not visible in the modern, well organised landscape. Most of the lithic collections contain a range of waste flakes and tools and probably represent some form of domestic activity rather than being industrial areas.