Record Details

NHER Number:10961
Type of record:Monument
Name:Saxon burial and metal finds


A human burial and two Early Saxon brooches were found in 1849.

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Grid Reference:TM 1520 8548
Map Sheet:TM18NE

Full description

Found in making railway, in a meadow at Gissing in the occupation of Mr. Shaw. At a depth of 2.1m (7ft).
Two 6th century bronze brooches and a skeleton.
Cruciform brooch with pin missing; length 139mm, width 49mm; labelled as above, with 'G.J'. (Goddard Johnson).
Also ring brooch with pin labelled 'A circular fibula or clasp found with the same body and allowed by Mr. Shaw to be exhibited G J'. Diameter about 48mm.

The grid reference was ascertained by E. Rose (NAU) in January 1980 as follows: On the 1840 tithe map this spot is marked as a small plot of arable land rented by Mr. Shaw and totally destroyed by the railway, at the top of a long meadow also rented by Mr. Shaw (still on Ordnance Survey map). The only other Shaw property on the line is the yard of his house at 1511 8500.
E. Rose (NAU), January 1980.

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1940. Norfolk in the Dark Ages, 400-800 A.D., Part II. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt II pp 215-249. p 222.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 18 NE 1.
---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 - Early Saxon. Gissing.
<S1>Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. p 339.
<S2>Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. and Myres, J. N. L. 1939. Norfolk in the Dark Ages, 400-800 A.D., Part I. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII, Pt II pp 163- 214. pp 166, 174.

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