Record Details

NHER Number:2072
Type of record:Monument
Name:Copy's Green Iron Age Fort

Summary

Excavations of a rectangular cropmark here were carried out during 1957-58. The feature was found to be a Late Iron Age fort, with v-cut ditches, a causeway entrance to the east and the remains of ramparts. Roman coins and pottery sherds were also found inside the fort, suggesting it was re-occupied by the Romans during about AD 75-200. Aerial photographs taken in 1987 showed that a possible Bronze Age ring ditch existed inside the fort and metal detecting in the interior found a Middle Saxon to Late Saxon strap end.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 95 39
Map Sheet:TF93NE
Parish:WIGHTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1953. Roman sherds found.
1957-8. Excavation of rectangular fort, probably late Iron Age, reoccupied as Roman in 2nd century.
1987. Aerial photography revealed ring ditch within fort.
1987-8. Found with metal detector. Middle Saxon-Late Saxon strap end.
See full details in file.
E. Rose (NAU) 26 October 1990.

Monument Types

  • FORT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • HEARTH (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • HILLFORT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POST HOLE (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • RING DITCH (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FEATURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FIGURINE (Undated)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • TOE RING (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: St. Joseph AP's CP 074-5 in NAU as TF 9539C, BKS 0280.
---Article in monograph: Gregory, T. 1986. Enclosures of 'Thornham' Type in Norfolk. Excavations at Thornham, Warham, Wighton and Caistor St. Edmund, Norfolk. Gregory, T. and Gurney, D.. EAA No 30 pp 32-35.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Iron Age. Wichton.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Wighton.
---Article in serial: 1958. Norfolk Research Committee Excavations 1957. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 1 No 10 (for 1957) p 1.
---Article in serial: 1959. Norfolk Research Committee Excavations 1958. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 1 No 11 (for 1958) p 1.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Photograph: EXJ 6.
<S1>Article in monograph: Gregory, T. 1986. An Enclosure at Wighton. Excavations at Thornham, Warham, Wighton and Caistor St. Edmund, Norfolk. Gregory, T. and Gurney, D.. EAA No 30 pp 27-31.

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