Record Details

NHER Number:23011
Type of record:Monument
Name:Prehistoric pot boiler sites


Two prehistoric pot boiler sites were identified during fieldwalking in 1986. An evaluation carried out by the NAU in 1991 revealed that any burnt mounds associated with the pot boilers sites had been destroyed by ploughing. Prehistoric flints and pot boilers, pottery dating from the Iron Age to the post medieval period, medieval roof tile and post medieval brick has been found on the site.


  • Prehistoric flint pot boilers  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 6451 1476
Map Sheet:TF61SW

Full description

24 October 1986, North of track, south of parish boundary. Fenland fieldwalking MDT AF well weathered soil, young cereal.
Context 1 from general fieldwalking only one medieval sherd.
Context 2 at 6460 1477 and Context 3 at 6440 1480; two patches of sand with potboilers apparent on slopes above fen where soil varies between gravelly soil and loam. Not many, but sufficient to suggest not accidental.
R. Silvester (NAU) 27 October 1986.

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

September 1991. Evaluation excavation of potboiler sites revealed that they had mostly been destroyed by ploughing.
See (S2) in file
E. Rose (NLA), 27 November 1991

Monument Types

  • BURNT MOUND (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT BOILER (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: FXA.
---Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. MDT AF. FENS.
---Article in serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1992. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 1991. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLI Pt III pp 371-379. p 374.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1991. 17 July.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Unpublished document: Bates, S. & Crowson, A.. 1991. NAU Report No. 5. Report of Archaeological Evaluation at Setch Road, Middleton, September 1991..

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