Record Details

NHER Number:22349
Type of record:Monument
Name:Earthworks of possible saltern mounds and associated finds

Summary

Earthworks of possible Late Saxon to medieval saltern mounds are visible on aerial photographs. Pottery of this date has previously been recorded from a mound at this location. Further finds of this date have been recovered from a mound immediately to the south that probably formed part of the same saltern (NHER 21645). The field had been ploughed and the mounds levelled by 1985

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 4529 0676
Map Sheet:TG40NE
Parish:HALVERGATE, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

February 1986. Area of large mound about 3 to 3.5m (10 to 12 feet) above marsh level.
Found in fieldwalking.
Thetford rims and bases.
Two schist hones, one part perforated.
Medieval sherds.
Post medieval sherds including Langerwehe and Raeren stoneware and burnt clay pipe bowl.
Possible saltern mound like Ashtree Farm?
Identified by W. F. Milligan (NCM), 17 February 1986.



Mound destroyed in 1986 except for remnant of corner in adjacent field.
Information from D. Edwards (NAU).

18 May 1988. Site visited by D. Edwards (NAU).
Seven medieval unglazed including flat topped bowl rim.
Three sherds Thetford type.
One rim glazed red earthenware.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU). Finds NCM.
E. Rose (NAU) 6 July 1988 and 14 July 1988.

20 December 1994. Found casually on arable surface during visit with Agricultural Development and Advisory Service. Many sherds very fresh.
Flattened oval section hone, ?Norwegian ragstone, Late Saxon or medieval.
Bowl rim with horizontal applied thimb strip on exterior and diamond roulette on top. Totally oxidised. Thetford type.
Fragment of flat base. Thetford type.
Body sherd pinkish, wheel made, ?Thetford type.
Fourteen medieval unglazed, four medieval glazed.
One Late medieval/Transitional.
One Glazed Red Earthenware or medieval/early post medieval Dutch.
A.Rogerson (NLA), 27 February 1996.

This site really forms part of the same feature as 21645, according
to source [1] who will provide a report.
Information from A.Rogerson (NLA).
E.Rose (NLA), 5 July 1996.

November 2005. Norfolk NMP.
Earthworks of possible Late Saxon to medieval saltern mounds are visible on aerial photographs (S2 and S3). These earthworks are located in a pasture field at TG 4529 0677 where a mound had previously been recorded along with finds of Late Saxon to medieval pottery. A group of five low mounds are present on a curving northwest to southeast alignment with a further large mound to their south. The largest mound measures 90m by 68m with the smallest measuring only 8m by 9m. An earthwork of a ditch is present around three sides of the largest mound. It is likely that these mounds are saltern mounds of Late Saxon or medieval date. Pottery of this date has previously been recorded from a mound at this location (see above). Further finds of this date have been recovered from another mound at this location that probably formed part of the same saltern (NHER 21645). The field had been ploughed and the mounds levelled by 1985 (S4).
J. Albone (NMP), 29 November 2005

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • DITCH (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SALT WORKS (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SALTERN (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WHETSTONE (Undated)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WHETSTONE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WHETSTONE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Photograph: ELD 1,4-7.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1971. OS/71044 286-7 11-APR-1971.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1951. RAF 540/465 3188-9 20-APR-1951 (NMR).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1985. OS/85101 68-9 02-JUN-1985.

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