Excavation by the archaeological department of RPS Planning Transport and Environment on the site of the former airfield at Ford, West Sussex, recorded evidence for prehistoric and Roman settlement from the beginning of the first millennium BC to the second century AD. The incomplete plan of a sub-rounded enclosure dating to the early first millennium BC was recovered, as was a substantial assemblage of later Bronze Age pottery with associated C14 dates. Several contemporary field boundaries and ditched trackways indicated that this part of the coastal plan had been enclosed by this date. The enclosure was subsequently used for limited cremation burial in the later Iron Age and a new co-axial field system was set out during this period on a different alignment to its predecessor. This latter field system may have been partially abandoned in the first century AD when a sub-rectangular enclosure was constructed. Use of the enclosure was short lived, with only limited evidence for activity continuing into the second century. The final phase of activity included limited iron working.
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