Record Details

NHER Number:14364
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Dunham deserted medieval settlement

Summary

The probable site of medieval Dunham village. A scatter of Late Saxon and medieval pottery fragments was noted in the 1970s and a partial excavation in 1984 revealed medieval pits, ditches and a possible well, together with fragments of Late Saxon and medieval pottery.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 9858 2479
Map Sheet:TF92SE
Parish:NORTH ELMHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1970s.
Scatter of Thetford-type ware and early medieval ware on field surface, about 200m wide adjacent to Dunham Hill; site of Dunham deserted medieval settlement?
P. Wade-Martins (NAU).

February to March 1984.
Salvage excavation by A. Gregory and A. Rogerson (NAU) after stripping area for dumping of gravel. Stripping had involved removal of topsoil and 30 to 35cm of natural boulder clay, leaving an irregular and much disturbed surface, with truncated features, and without features less than 30 to 35cm into natural.
In most cases, partial excavation only; in general excavation rapid and unsystematic, in non-ideal ground and meteorological conditions.
Feature containing filling of medieval 13th to 14th? Century sherds all in south part area; rest early medieval 11th to 12th including Grimston-Thetford ware and early medieval ware.
A few sherds Thetford type, two prehistoric flint gritted, one Roman tile.
Medieval features predominantly pits and one well? (feature 14).
Early medieval features predominantly ditches.
NB no features were observed north and east of Numbers 120/140 and only a few large badly disturbed features south of 100-120/100.
See survey in file and binder of context sheets.
Finds NCM.
A. Rogerson (NAU) 30 August 1985.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic to Roman - 500000 BC to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

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