Record Details

NHER Number:19047
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period metal objects, coins and pottery sherds

Summary

Fenland fieldwalking here in 1983 recorded a scatter of bone fragments and medieval pottery sherds in this area. Subsequent metal detecting undertaken during 1991-2001 recovered a huge number of metal objects, coins and pottery sherds. Finds included a possible Roman pestle for use with a cosmetic mortar, medieval buckles, a Commonwealth silver penny, Middle Saxon pins and pin beater, a post medieval coin weight and a medieval brooch.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF41SE
Parish:WALSOKEN, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

15 March 1983. In newly harrowed field.
Abundant bone fragments over area approximately 80m north-to-south x 40m east-to-west. Few medieval sherds in same area. Although field condition limited collection of material, further visit is required. No obvious roddon pattern apparent in area, Whitwell Farm. One slight linear bank straddled by bone spread, could be a roddon.
R. Silvester (NAU) March 1983.

Four sherds reidentified as Ipswich ware.

October 1991. Metal detector finds = Context 1.
?Roman bronze pestle for cosmetic mortar. Photographed. See below for reidentification.
Commonwealth penny (silver) 1649-1660.
Ipswich ware: sixteen pimply body sherds, one sandy base, three body sherds.
One ?Middle Saxon sherd.
One St Neots jar rim, one body sherd.
One medieval/post medieval glazed.
One glazed Grimston ware.
Thirteen medieval unglazed.
Pottery held by NCM.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 25 November 1991

January-February 1992. Fieldwalking & metal detector finds.
Roman, Middle Saxon, Late Saxon, medieval pottery.
Middle Saxon pin.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 24 March 1992. Details in file.

March 1992. Further metal detector finds.
Middle Saxon metalwork, (S1).
Medieval coin and buckle.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 4 May 1992. Details in file.

April 1992. Fieldwalking and metal detector finds.
Roman, Middle Saxon, medieval, post medieval pottery.
Medieval metalwork.
Pottery held by NCM. Full list in file.

1992. Site extended.
Middle Saxon sherds, medieval metalwork.
A. Rogerson (NLA) June 1992. Details in file.

1993. Metal detector finds.
Middle Saxon, Late Saxon, medieval metalwork and pottery.
Post medieval coin.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 28 June 1993. Details in file.

Found 1992/3. Not located within site.
A heavy bronze ?vessel handle with remains of looped ends.
Maximum width of sub-rectangular section 8mm. Present length of around 22cm.
Very abraded. Could be Middle Saxon.
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA) 1 October 1993.

April 1994.
Series X sceat. See list in file.
Photographed.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 27 June 1994.

May/June 1995.
Middle Saxon pins and strap end.
Middle Saxon pin beater.
Medieval brooch and belt fitting.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 22 June 1995.

April 1996. Metal detector finds and field collection.
Two Middle Saxon pins, Middle Saxon lead 'ticket' (latter NCM)
Middle Saxon, Late Saxon, medieval sherds.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 27 May 1996.

October 1996. Metal detector finds.
Middle Saxon pin.
Post medieval coin weight.
Middle Saxon and medieval sherds, including one decorated medieval or Middle Saxon sherd.
See list in file. Sherds held by NCM.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 2 December 1996.

May 1998. Metal detector finds.
Middle Saxon pin.
Roman, Middle Saxon, medieval and post medieval sherds.
Finds held by NCM.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 24 June 1998.

May 2001. Metal detecting.
Middle Saxon coin.
Two medieval coins.
Two post medieval coins.
Middle Saxon, Late Saxon and medieval metal finds.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 27 June 2001.

June 2001. Metal detecting. In 2 areas.
Roman, many Middle Saxon, three Late Saxon and two medieval sherds.
Middle Saxon pin.
Post medieval and undated metal finds.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 2 September 2001.

Object identified as Roman pestle in October 1991 is in fact a late post-medieval possibly mechanical object of no great significance.
A. Rogerson and S. Ashley (NLA), 27 July 2009.

May-June 2012. Metal-detecting in northeast of site.
Medieval belt mount and scabbard and post medieval rowel spur.
See details in file.
A. Rogerson (HES), 04 July 2012.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • WATERCOURSE (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 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

  • BUCKET (Undated)
  • RING (Unknown date)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Unknown date)
  • WEIGHT (Unknown date)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • DRESS COMPONENT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • PIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • TEXTILE EQUIPMENT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • TOKEN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • VESSEL (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BROOCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CAULDRON (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN WEIGHT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINGER RING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HARNESS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PILGRIM BADGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SCABBARD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SPUR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STUD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN WEIGHT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HARNESS FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HOOKED TAG (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROWEL SPUR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Ashley, S.. 2002. Medieval Armorial Horse Furniture in Norfolk.. East Anglian Archaeology. Vol 101.
---Thesis: Davies, G.. 2010. Settlement, economy and lifestyle: The changing social identities of the coastal settlements of West Norfolk, 450-1100 AD..
---Photograph: 1995. LCT 30, Middle Saxon pins..
---Photograph: 1995. LCT 33, Middle Saxon strap-end..
---Photograph: 1995. LCT 34-35, Middle Saxon pins..
---Photograph: 1995. LCT 36, Middle Saxon pin beater..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Illustration: Ashley, S.. 1992. Drawing of a Middle Saxon gilt copper alloy hooked tag.. Film. 2:1.

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