Prehistoric Group

Charlwood Project

In 2012 David Williams reported in Bulletin 431 on a Late Iron Age and Early Roman site at Charlwood where a group of coins and other objects had been found by members of the Weald and Downland metal detector club. A magnetometry survey in May 2011 confirmed the possibility of buried archaeological features. The coins and associated objects were declared Treasure in 2012 and subsequently acquired by the Society. In November 2013 further magnetometry took place, after which plans were made to evaluate the results of these surveys.

Fieldwalking in Chilworth


Members of the Prehistoric Group undertook a fieldwalking exercise in Chilworth in June 2014. The group had been alerted by Andrew Norris that a field on the southern slopes of St. Martha’s Hill and belonging to Chilworth Manor had recently been ploughed. This field had been pasture for many years and was being prepared to plant a vineyard so this was a limited opportunity to walk over land on the hill which is mostly mixed woodland and open grassland.

Chaldon interim report

Transcription of aerial photographs by Simon Crutchley (English Heritage) led Mike Russell (2002) to suggest the presence of a prehistoric field system at land on Willey Farm, Chaldon, and that it might be associated with the nearby hillfort known as either War Coppice or Cardinal’s Cap.  A visit to the area showed that some of the field boundaries appeared as above ground earthworks and it was decided that an analytical survey would be undertaken by members of the Prehistoric Group.


The Prehistoric Group undertook a survey of Felday Camp, an Iron Age enclosure with a WWI prisoner-of-war camp within. An illustrated short report is on the attached pdf.


Prehistoric Group

The Surrey Prehistoric Group was originally founded about 25 years ago as the Surrey Lithic Tool Research Group. It comprised an informal group of the Society's members interested in prehistoric flint and stone tools. As such, the Group arranged occasional fieldwalking, the study of collections of artefacts in museums, and formed a contact point for those who had found artefacts requiring identification.


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