Record Details

NHER Number:10249
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Possibly Mesolithic human remains


Dredging of the River Yare in 1956 recovered three bones from an adult male. These bones indicated an individual of sturdy build and were felt to be of Mesolithic date, although it may be more likely that the bones are of a later date.

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Grid Reference:TG 331 063
Map Sheet:TG30NW

Full description

January 1956. Found in dredgings.
Three bones of adult male from River Yare = left radius, left innominate (damaged at pubic region), left femur (lacking condyles). Show numerous unusual features. Femur shows marked degree of hyperplatymeria (Meric index 72.8).
Stature approximately 1.6m (5ft 3.5in) - moderately sturdy build.
Described as "Mesolithic type" by C. P. B. Well (S1), although this identification should now be treated with caution.
Held by NCM, formerly by E. A. Ellis.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 28 March 2014.

'Probably later than Iron Age'.
Ordnance Survey Records.
R. J. Rickett (NAU) 26 June 1990.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 30 NW 28.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Human Skeletal Remains (HSR). Surlingham.
<S1>Article in Monograph: Wells, C. 1961. Physical Anthropology. Norwich and its Region. British Association for the Advancement of Science. p 85.

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