Brethren’s Meeting Hall Evaluation, West Street, Farnham, Surrey

Sifting the gravels from Trench 7. In all, 77 pieces of worked flint were found. Naturally struck or shattered flint was abundant on the site

Sometimes we go a long way and find very little! We travelled to Surrey to evaluate land around the northern half of the Brethren’s Meeting Hall (built in 1980) and located on the gravel terraces of the River Wey. Seven trial pits were dug to investigate the degree of survival, extent, significance, and location of any archaeological features or deposits, specifically looking for Mesolithic flint scatters and artifacts. There is extensive evidence for occupation during both the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods near to this site.

However, although our evaluation found evidence for flint working it was secondary and probably not done in-situ. It was concluded that any early ground surfaces had been disturbed during the site’s use as allotments in the 1960s and subsequently removed during landscaping.

Trench 7 showing gravels, 50cm scale

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