Record Details

NHER Number:10066
Type of record:Monument
Name:Former medieval field system and multi-period objects

Summary

Two medieval strip fields were observed here in 1948 but had disappeared by 1960. Subsequent fieldwalking and metal detecting in this area during 1984-2005 recovered a variety of objects including Neolithic/Bronze Age flints, a coin of William III, a Roman Aesica brooch, a possible Roman votive stand and sherds of Roman, medieval and post medieval pottery.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 16 91
Map Sheet:TM19SE
Parish:WACTON, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Strip fields, marked on 6in Ordnance Survey.

29 February 1948.
Only two easterly ones survived.
D. H. Smith.

14 February 1960.
Gone by now.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

2 October 1979.
All one huge field now.
E. Rose (NAU).

Area of former strip fields = Context 2.

21 October 1984. Area extended by Wacton Project Fieldwalking, general scatter = Context 1. No concentrations.
Neolithic/Bronze Age flints - eighteen flakes, two cores used as striking tools - one struck on several faces.
Medieval sherds - one 13th/14th century black outside, light brown inside. Two stoneware; one sherd German stoneware; one odd pitch lined sherd.
Post medieval sherds - seven orange fabric, brown glazed sherds.
Coin of William III.
See file under NHER 20949-50.
Identifications by A.Gregory (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU) from notes by [1], 27 November 1984.

Also one Roman coarse sherds, one late medieval/transitional.
Finds held by NCM.
A. Rogerson (NAU) 2 December 1988.

May 1989. From centre of Context 2 according to finder (wrongly called Great Moulton).
Aesica brooch.
Photograph by Suffolk Archaeological Unit from whom information came (J. Newman).
Roman pottery also found according to finder, but not seen Suffolk Archaeological Unit or Norfolk Archaeological Unit.
Details of brooch in file.
D. Gurney (NAU), 8 June 1989.

September 1995. Metal detector find probably from this site though grid ref given as [2].
Bronze cuboid object, hollow cast, open on one face; corroded; thickened flange around the oped side with small foot projection off the corners. Rough as cast inside. Approximately 16mm sides.
Unknown function and date. Sketch in file.
Identified by J. Plouviez (SAU).
E. Rose (NLA), 12 January 1996.

Does this not sound like a Roman 'votive stand' in the dodecahedron tradition?
E. Rose (NLA), 12 January 1996.

March/April 2005. Metal detecting.
Roman brooch.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 17 May 2005.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FIELD SYSTEM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BOX (Undated)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • BOX (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---(No record type): Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Wacton.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Photograph: EQM.

Related records - none

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