Prehistoric Group

The Surrey Prehistoric Group was originally founded in the 1980s as the Surrey Lithic Tool Research Group. It comprises an informal group of the Society's members interested in prehistoric flint and stone tools. As such, the Group arranges occasional fieldwalking, the study of collections of artefacts in museums, and forms a contact point for those who have found artefacts requiring identification.

At the start of the 21st century the Group changed its name to the Surrey Prehistoric Group to reflect the fact that members were frequently bringing pottery and metal artefacts (of all periods!) to meetings for identification, and were also interested in monuments as well as just lithic artefacts. No prehistoric period is ‘out of bounds' to research by members of the Group and new members with their own interests are always welcome. At present there is no subscription and all members of the Society are free to attend.

The Group, being an association of like-minded individuals, most of whom follow their own local research projects which usually involves fieldwalking collection with small scale excavation, exists primarily to increase communication between these "grass roots" archaeologists who often operate in quite specific locales in the county (whether topographic or geological). The Group has also traditionally had a number of members from academic institutions who are able to both place local work into a larger research context and in turn to be able to keep up with contemporary fieldwork.

If you are interested in attending meetings of the Group and would like to be notified of future events, please send an email to: rosemary.hooker@blueyonder.co.uk or write to The Prehistoric Group, c/o Surrey Archaeological Society, Castle Arch, Guildford GU1 3SX.