Record Details

NHER Number:14728
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period prehistoric worked flints and Roman pottery


Various worked flints were recovered from this field during the 1950s, including a Mesolithic microlith, Neolithic arrowheads and a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age plano-convex knife. A scatter of Roman pottery identified in 1963 extends into the south-west corner of this field. Fieldwalking undertaken as part of the Fenland Project in 1984 recovered a number of additional worked flints and Roman pottery sherds.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 6903 8898
Map Sheet:TL68NE

Full description

Various discoveries in old O.S field 38 (Curtis Field 34):

1956. Stray Find.
Two worked flints recovered by F. Curtis.
Found at TL 6885 8891:
1 Mesolithic microlith (Coll. No. 23). Obliquely blunted point. Photographed by NCM.

Found at TL 6893 8896:
1 Mesolithic microlith. Truncated piece (Coll. No. 30).

Information from (S1). See descriptions in (S2).
P. Watkins (HES), 8 November 2013.

1951-1956. Stray Find.
F. Curtis' catalogue records a number of additional objects that he found in this field, although dates of discovery and grid references are not noted. The worked flints listed by F. Healy (NAU) in (S1) and (S3) are as follows:
2 Neolithic leaf arrowheads.
1 Neolithic triangular arrowhead.
2 'harpoon barbs' - probably Neolithic transverse petit tranchet derivative arrowheads.
1 'slug knife' - probably a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age plano-convex knife.
2 scrapers.
2 borers (one on flake from ground implement).
1 'saw'.
6 other implements.

F. Healy also identified a number of Curtis' finds from this field in the King's Lynn Museum including:
1 flake, 9 scrapers (probably includes the two listed above) and 1 awl (possibly one of the 'borers' listed above).
Information from (S1).
Amended and expanded by P. Watkins (HES), 8 November 2013.

1963. Fieldwalking.
Scatter of Roman sherds found in south-west corner of field identified by F. Curtis (Context 2). The scatter extends beyond this field and is recorded as NHER 5415.
E. Rose (NAU) 30 October 1984. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 8 November 2013.

25 October 1984. Fenland Project fieldwalking.
Good conditions; young winter cereal, well weathered soil.
Context 1, general scatter over field. Worked flints and odd fragments undated pottery.
Pottery identified as Roman greyware.
R. Silvester (NAU) 25 October 1984.

F. Healy (NAU) adds a worked antler tine in Curtis Collection.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic to Roman - 500000 BC to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • AWL (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT? (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL)? (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SERRATED IMPLEMENT? (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • MICROLITH (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • RETOUCHED BLADE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • BORER? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • LEAF ARROWHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • TRANSVERSE ARROWHEAD? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • TRIANGULAR ARROWHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • PLANO CONVEX KNIFE (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. HCW BM. FENS.
---Archive: R. Jacobi. -. Jacobi Archive. 10185; 10186.
<S1>Monograph: Healy, F. 1996. The Fenland Project, Number 11: The Wissey Embayment: Evidence for pre-Iron Age Occupation. East Anglian Archaeology. No 78. Microfiche.
<S3>Thesis: Healy, F.. 1978. The Neolithic in Norfolk. p 245.
<S4>Archive: Fenland Folders.

Related records - none

Find out more...

Norfolk County Council logo Heritage Lottery Fund logo

Powered by HBSMR-web and the HBSMR Gateway from exeGesIS SDM Ltd, and mojoPortal CMS
© 2007 - 2019 Norfolk Historic Environment Service