Record Details

NHER Number:18647
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period pottery sherds and coins

Summary

Fenland fieldwalking here in 1983 recorded a scatter of Late Saxon and medieval pottery sherds along with pieces of fired clay, quern and bone. Additionally, metal detecting in this area at sometime prior to 1987 recovered a Byzantine silver coin, a Roman coin and fragments of medieval pottery.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 46 13
Map Sheet:TF41SE
Parish:WEST WALTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

19 January 1983.
Context 1.
Medieval debris over field - archive adds five Late Saxon sherds.
Probably run-off from at least four scatters (below).
All dense scatters on or adjacent to roddons.
Where no roddons as in northwest corner field, very little pottery. Noticeable that quite a few sherds on tail of ploughed down Sea Bank. Possibly covers roddon here ([1]) or broken pottery included in make-up of bank.

Context 2 at [2].
Fairly dense scatter medieval pottery. Including eighty sherds Late Saxon.
Bone.
Fired clay.
No stone but some quern fragments noted in archive.
Possible slag and one fragmentary bronze object.

Context 3 at [3]. Largely hidden by pruned gooseberries, south side roddon. 20m west-east x 15m north-south minimum (area to aouthwest under strawberries not checked). 2.7m (9ft) OD.
Small scatter medieval pot, occasional fragments fired clay, bone.
Also two Late Saxon sherds.

Context 4 at [4]. On small roddon adjacent to edge of field so full extent unknown. 110m northeast-southwest x minimum 20m northwest-southeast, 2.7m (9ft) OD.
Scatter medieval pot, some bone, fired clay, shell.
Also some Late Saxon sherds.

Context at [5]. 3 March 1983. In between rows, ground churned up so finds from beneath plants where ground weathered. Minimum area 40m north-south x 25m east-west but probably disappears into next garden. 3.7m (12ft) OD.
Scatter med pot on top large roddon covered by gooseberries or some other such hideously prickly bushes.
R. Silvester (NAU) March 1983.

Context 6 at [6]. Spread along top and sides of low roddon. West side roddon under gooseberries, rest ploughed. Area approximately 140 x 40m. 2.7m (9ft) OD. Not clear if linked with Context 2.
Much medieval pottery and much Late Saxon.
Bone.
Shell.
Some fired clay.

For full details of all pottery types see Fenland folder (S1).

Archive states a double lead bale seal, 16th/17th century found at Context 5.

Pre 1987. Recorded at very approx grid reference [7] by finder - map not seen. Found with metal detector.
'One Byzantine silver plus Roman and med pottery in field'.
Objects not seen - what is meant by Byzantine is not known but possibly a medieval Venetian soldino.
Information from A. Rogerson (NAU).
E.Rose (NAU) 2 Oct 1987.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • QUERN (Undated)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW 13. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW 14. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW 15. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW 16. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW 44. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW AW. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.

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