Mesolithic

Land at rear of 72-82 South Street, Dorking

Evaluation by T Munnery of SCAU revealed that parts of the site had been subject to modern disturbance and possible medieval terracing and reduction, but all of the four trenches yielded finds of archaeological interest and two of the trenches revealed archaeological features of Mesolithic, medieval and post-medieval date. The Mesolithic feature, a pit, and a nearby spread of flintwork of similar date, may represent a small residue of on site Mesolithic hunter-gatherer activity, possibly associated with a hearth.

Land at the Pavilion Sports Centre, Hurst Lane, East Molesey

Evaluation by T Munnery of SCAU revealed a number of features which, with the exception of a pit or posthole that could be of Neolithic date, were dateable to the Bronze Age. The features comprised ditches, pits and postholes and were concentrated within the southern corner of the site, and indicates settlement or a focus of activity within this area. Residual finds of Mesolithic to medieval date were also recovered, but none were associated with a contemporary feature or in a concentration.

Brockhill near Parley Bridge, Horsell

Excavation (1975) by Nancy Cox for Mayford History Society discovered Mesolithic flints and led to the rediscovery of an earlier collection of over 1500 implements from the site, some of them of the Upper Palaeolithic. Later excavation (1977) by C. Bonsall for Mayford History Society, SyAS, DOE and the British Museum confirmed the importance of the site and collection. (126 and 139)

Flanchford

Excavation by R.L. Ellaby for Holmesdale Archaeological Group and SyAS (reported Feb 1976) revealed a large mass of Mesolithic flints in soil redeposited over a 13th century site containing two firepits. (124)

Slines Oaks

Excavation by M Russell for the Bourne Society on a site located by R Williams in fieldwork. The probable Mesolithic ground surface was identified, and c 6000 pieces of flint were recovered.

Bagshot

Two trial excavations by G H Cole in advance of redevelopment produced Mesolithic cores and flakes, medieval and post-medieval pottery but no structures. A stratified sequence of c 50 clay pipe bowls from the early 17th to the mid-19th centuries was recovered. (182)

Charlwood

Continuing excavation of Mesolithic site by R Ellaby: so far c 15000 pieces of flint recovered, mostly from an oval area c 18 by 12m, around the edge of which four hearth groups have been located. The flints include 150 microliths, mostly small scalene triangles; tools are rare, the commonest being truncated flakes with notably only two dubious scrapers. Cooking pits contained calcined bone, some of roe deer, from which it is hoped to obtain radiocarbon dating for the site. (182)

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