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. The medieval features comprised pits of probable 12th to 13th century date likely to be associated with dwellings or structures that fronted South Street, and together with the post-medieval features, provide evidence of the development of the historic settlement along South Street. The excavation of narrow, deep and unstable foundations for the proposed buildings made a subsequent watching brief difficult, but several pits or ditches of probable late post-medieval date, and a single feature of, perhaps, earlier date were revealed. Further Mesolithic flintwork and a sherd of Saxon pottery were recovered, but the finds were not associated with any observed or recorded feature.