Record Details

NHER Number:10667
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman burial


A Roman burial was found in 1849, consisting of a green glass vase containing a bronze casket mount, a Roman coin and the cremated remains of an infant. Also found were an earthenware cup and pottery fragments. About a hundred years later, a piece of decorated Roman flue tile and a medieval brick were found in the same place.


  • A Roman green glass vessel that was used to contain an infant cremation. The burial was found in Geldestone  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 3996 9153
Map Sheet:TM39SE

Full description

February 1849.
Near Waveney west of Dunburgh Hill. 1.2m to 1.5m (4 to 5 feet) deep.
An interment was found in a rude cist 79cm by 30cm (31 inches by 14 inches) and nearly 30cm (12 inches) high, containing a green glass vase diota with (inside) a thin bronze casket mount (Ordnance Survey records call this a bulla), 2nd brass coin of Sabina and burnt remains of an infant, together with an earthenware cup and potsherds.
2nd century. Important for levels at this period.

See (S1), (S2), (S3) (figures urn and bronze fragment).
Also (S4) (in file), (S5) (pottery illustration) and (S6).
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

See file for illustrations (S7) and photographs (S8).

From site of Roman burial found in 19th century.
Fragment of decorated flue tile.
Also medieval brick.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

Monument Types

  • CIST (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CREMATION (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BOX (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FLUE TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • VESSEL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 39 SE 8 [3].
---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 - Roman. Geldeston [2].
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Geldeston.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Article in Serial: Chester, G. J.. 1855. A Brief Sketch of the Antiquities of the Valleys of the Waveney and Yare. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol IV pp 310-316. p 314.
<S2>Article in Serial: 1863. Meetings of the Institute. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and Natural History. Vol III pp 394-421. p 419.
<S3>Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. pp 317-318.
<S4>Article in Serial: Yates, J. 1849. Account of a Roman Sepulchre at Geldestone, Norfolk. The Archaeological Journal. Vol VI pp 109-113.
<S5>Article in Serial: 1867. Proceedings at Meetings of the Royal Archaeological Institute. The Archaeological Journal. Vol XXIV pp 59-82. pp 72-73.
<S6>Publication: Southwall. Norwich Castle Museum. Guide, p.81.
<S7>Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
<S8>Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.

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