Record Details

NHER Number:18975
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman feature and multi-period pottery sherds

Summary

Fenland fieldwalking here during 1983 recorded sherds of Roman, Early Saxon, Late Saxon and medieval pottery along with pieces of animal bone, briquetage and slag. Some of the Roman finds were associated with an unidentifed feature, presumably of contemporary date.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 4845 1430
Map Sheet:TF41SE
Parish:WEST WALTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

6 March 1983. Fenland fieldwalking. Winter wheat.
Context 1.
Odd sherds medieval pottery from north part of field.

Context 2 at 4848 1416. Minimum of 70m west-to-east x 40m north-to-south at 2.1m (7ft) OD.
Roman pottery in medium abundance.
Small amount of animal bone.
Fired clay.
Slag.
One coin.
Pottery under winter wheat, but part in growing wheat not yet walked.

Context 3 at 4856 1425. A little briquetage at roddon confluence 70m north-to-south x 30m east-to-west at 2.1m (7ft) OD.
Scatter Roman pottery, and some medieval.
Small amount of bone and shell.
Modern brick?

Context 4 at 4842 1424. 130m north-to-south x 20-30m east-to-west at 2.1m (7ft) OD. Winter wheat.
Roman pottery medium abundance.
Small amount shell but no animal bone noticed.
Little slag, otherwise only some brick-like material.
Both could be modern.
Also one Late Saxon sherd (archive).
Follows a roddon thus giving pronounced linear pattern with little spread other side.

9 October 1983.
Additional to Context 1 general area.
Dyke bordering northeast side of field to depth of 2m cleaned, but no sign of any archaeological material, even medieval dykes.

Additional to Context 2.
Area shows as dark soil stain in newly planted field. More sherds (east part only walked).

Context 3; rewalked; more sherds; area shows as dark stain.

New site, Context 5 at 4852 1431.
New area of dark soil adjacent to dyke, about 30m east-west by 20m north-south (guess!) Separated by lighter silt from context 3.
R. Silvester (NAU) October 1983

Archive notes Roman sherds and one medieval sherd from Context 5. Some of the material found by R. Silvester (NAU) at contexts 2-4 has been reidentified as Roman, Early Saxon, Late Saxon, medieval pottery.

For full details of wares, flint types etc. see Fenland Folders (S1).

1989-90. Cleaning of dyke on east side field.
Produced much Roman pottery, briquetage and animal bone, some of it from a feature.
See details in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 1 July 1997.

December 2006 - January 2007. Geophysical survey for the King's Lynn to Wisbech pipeline, Stage 1.
A cluster of magnetic anomalies in the southern end of the site could represent silted pits associated with the possible Roman settlement, which has been suggested by previous finds of pottery and animal bone. The survey also detected linear features that could represent former field ditches.
See (S2).
S. Howard (NLA), 5 March 2010.

Monument Types

  • DITCH? (Unknown date)
  • FLOOD DEFENCES (Undated)
  • PIT? (Unknown date)
  • WATERCOURSE (Undated)
  • FEATURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PIT? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD?)

Associated Finds

  • (Undated)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • BRICK (Undated)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Undated)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Undated)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Undated)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Undated)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW 52. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW 53. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW 54. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW CE. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Knight, G.. The turret clock at the church of St Mary, Stratton.

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