Southern Strategic Support Main


Barrow Gurney to Cheddar

The Southern Strategic Support Main (SSSM) is a new 31 km water pipeline which runs from Barrow Gurney, North Somerset, to Cheddar, Somerset. This major infrastructure project, constructed by Kier Group on behalf of Bristol Water, is designed to improve the security of the water supply across areas of southern Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Cheddar, Burnham and Glastonbury.
Wessex Archaeology has worked closely with the project team throughout; from preparing the initial desk-based assessments and undertaking geophysical surveys to carrying out field evaluations and targeted excavations as well as maintaining a watching brief during the construction of the pipeline.
The evaluation trenches along the course of the pipeline identified a variety of archaeological features dating from the Bronze Age through to the Romano-British period. While many of these were ditches relating to field systems, three areas, one in Churchill and two in Congresbury, warranted further investigation and targeted excavation.