100 million BC  The Chalk and sand that Puttenham is built on was formed by a warm sea that covered the area.

1 million BC The ice age. Most of England was covered by ice.

10 Thousand BC    The ice had melted and with the warmer climate Puttenham was now covered by a forest and saw the first stone age man. Not too much is known about this period. The area is thought to be used as a hunting ground rather that a settlement.

8000 BC   As far as we knew the first settlers to reside in the village were probably Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age). The chalk contained Flint for making tools and the sand provided warm and well drained soil for the shallow pit shelters used by Mesolithic man. 

4000 BC    By this time the Mesolithic period had end and Neolithic (New Stone Age) had arrived. Neolithic man had more sophisticated flint tools and had started farming the land as well as hunting. They discovered that shaping the flint both sides things like arrow heads would be better balanced in flight and were more affective.

2300 BC    Bronze Age. Now man was developing with leaps and bounds. They were becoming very domesticated and homes started to look more like houses. Along the line of the Hogs back several Barrows (Burial Mounds) have been found from around this period.

55BC    The arrival of the Romans. Evidence of Roman occupation have been found at the Hilbury Fort, Lascomb, Jackson's corner and at the manor house. Apart from pottery and coins found in Puttenham a Cinerary urn (A lidded vessal intended as the container for the ashes of someone who has died, especially one whose body has been cremated) was found and is now in the Guildford museum.

410AD    From this time the Saxons appeared and Puttenham started to become a permanent settlement. The name Puttenham is thought to be a Saxon word. There used to be a chalk pit and the Saxon word for pit was Put and the Saxon word for home was Ham so this could be the reason why the village is called Puttenham. There are several other theory's but all of them seem to date to the Saxons.

Early History

Not too much is know about this period from 410 AD up to around 1000AD (The Dark Ages) since there was little documented history until much closer to 1000 AD. The first significant document to refer to the village as Puttenham was in 1199 AD. and we know there must have been a settlement here in 1060 AD as this is when the Norman pillars in the church date back to. The fact that a church was built here overlooking the village suggest that the village was fairly well established then.

600BC    Iron Age. These people were a war-like race and attacks from other tribes were common so they built forts, ditch and wooden palisade enclosures, on the high ground that overlooked the surrounding area and retreated to these in times of attack to defend themselves. The remains of one of these Forts, Hilbury Fort exists on Puttenham common and dates from around 500BC. From here you could see many of the ancient track ways.  Iron tools are replacing many of the earlier flint tools.