Record Details

NHER Number:2246
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Roman or Early Saxon glass beads


In 1931 or 1932 seven glass beads were recovered from near the top of a peat bed during the cutting of a sluice section. The beads are thought to be Roman or possibly Early Saxon in date.

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Grid Reference:TF 588 140
Map Sheet:TF51SE

Full description

1931 or 1932.
Seven glass beads from middle level sluice section either Iron Age or Roman or Early Saxon found near top of peat bed some 9 ft (2.7m) deep in series of natural deposits = -19ft (5.8m) OD, (probably not Iron Age R. R. Clarke).
In Cambridge University Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography [1].
R. R. Clarke (NCM).
On another card Clarke says found in 'second peat' 21 feet (6.4m) down at -3 to -5 (0.9m to 1.5m) feet OD.
E. Rose (NAU).

The location on the NHER map is that given by R. R. Clarke (NCM) but it seems to be uncertain if this is correct. He has circled the 1877 sluice but the cut and sluice immediately to the north-west is dated 1934.
It would seem more probable that the 1931 finds were made in cutting the dyke for the 1934 sluice; however one cannot be certain that works were not carried out on the 1877 sluice at the same time.
E. Rose (NLA), 8 July 1996.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BEAD (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BEAD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BEAD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Wiggenhall St Germans.
<S1>Article in serial: 1934. Antiquaries' Journal. Vol XC, p 317. p 317.
<S2>Article in serial: Godwin, H. and Godwin, M. E. 1933. Pollen Analyses of Fenland Peats at St. Germans, near King's Lynn. Geological Magazine. Vol LXX No 4 pp 168-180.
<S2>Article in serial: Beck, H. C. 1933. Note on the Beads found embedded in the top of the Two-foot Peat-bed (E) at St. Germans, near King's Lynn. Geological Magazine. Vol LXX No 4 pp 180-182.
<S3>Article in serial: 1934. Irish Naturalists Journal. Vol V, p 148. p 148.
<S4>Article in serial: Godwin, H.. 1940. Studies of the post-glacial history of British vegetation. III. Fenland pollen diagrams. IV. Post-glacial changes of the relative land and sea-level in the English Fenland.. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. B230, pp 239-303. Pp 275-6, 279, 281, 284.
<S5>Article in serial: Clarke, R. R.. 1939. The Iron Age in Norfolk and Suffolk. Archaeological Journal. Vol XCVI pp 1-113. p 103.
<S6>Article in serial: 1938-9. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B. Vols 229-30,.

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