Newtree Furlong, Guildford Road, Fetcham

Evaluation by T Munnery of SCAU revealed a prehistoric (probably late Neolithic or Bronze Age) pit, pottery of Iron Age date, and a section of an inhumation containing the lower half of a human skeleton of Saxon date. The surface of a possible linear feature was noted to be cut by the inhumation. The feature, and the majority of the inhumation were not excavated, but a whetstone and iron knife lying close to the skeleton pelvis were removed. A subsequent excavation revealed a total of 18 inhumations. Further grave goods were found with all but five of the inhumations, and although none of the items is closely dateable, their general character is consistent with a 7th century date. The graves form part of a larger cemetery, parts of which have been previously revealed, and the excavation represented the first opportunity to excavate part of the Hawks Hill cemetery under controlled archaeological conditions. A small pit of Neolithic or Early Bronze Age date was also revealed, and the linear feature, a gully, revealed during the evaluation was excavated. It was not possible because of the shallowness of the gully to confirm if this was cut by the Saxon graves, but three sherds of Iron Age pottery, one sherd of Roman pottery, and three pieces of struck flint, recovered from the feature do indicate that the gully predated the cemetery. The site also yielded a mixed assemblage of Iron Age and Roman pottery within some of the graves, suggesting occupation of these periods within the vicinity.