During 2010 the lithics section of the Prehistoric Group continued to reassess lithics collections held by
Dr Hooper spend most of his life in Reigate and wrote ‘Reigate: Its Story Through The Ages’ which is still a valuable introduction to the history of
Dr Hooper joined Surrey Archaeological Society in 1921 and wrote several papers for the Surrey Archaeological Society Collections. In 1938 he became Honorary Secretary of the Society until 1947, and was elected a Vice-President in 1948. A brief obituary was recorded in volume 52 of the Collections after his death in 1950 and WF Rankine paid tribute to him in the same volume within his paper on the Surrey Mesolithic. Rankine noted that Dr Hooper had been a pioneer in Mesolithic research with papers published in the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia (now the Prehistoric Society) in 1927 and in the Collections in 1933 which discussed ‘pigmy flints’ (now known as microliths). Indeed, according to Rankine, Dr Hooper was the first to recognise what came to be known as the Horsham point.
The collection reassessed by the group is now available on a spreadsheet held both by the Prehistoric Group and by
This work would not have been possible without the contributions of our current members: Roger Ellaby, Judie English, Robin Tanner, Chris Taylor, Ken Waters and
Report of the Council,
Rankine WF, Mesolithic Research in Surrey,
Rose Hooker & Jen Newell