Record Details

NHER Number:23622
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of medieval settlement and multi-period finds

Summary

Concentrations of medieval pottery were identified during fieldwalking undertaken as part of the Fenland Project in 1987. These indicate that this is the site of a medieval settlement that grew up on the edge of a small green or common. A small number of Mesolithic/Early Neolithic flints were also recovered and a post medieval buckle was found at the site during subsequent metal-detecting.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 66 14
Map Sheet:TF61SE
Parish:MIDDLETON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

12 March 1987. Fenland Project fieldwalking.

Site MDT AS (Context 1).
General scatter of occasional medieval pottery sherds and worked flints. The small flint assemblage comprises a core trimming flake and two blades of possible Mesolithic or Early Neolithic date.

Site MDT 12 (TF 6645 1451; Context 2).
Moderate concentrations of medieval pottery with sparse shell and very little post medieval material. Grey soil further indicates occupation area. To northwest a further tongue of material appears to indicate an extension rather than new site. All around old mill. Max dimensions 64m NW/SE x 45m NE/SW; extra area 36m NW/SE x 35m NE/SW; at 5.8m OD.

For further details see project archive (S1) and final publication (S2). It is suggested in (S2) that this is the site of a medieval settlement on the edge of a small green or common.
R. Silvester (NAU), 12 March 1987. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 28 November 2013.

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

Before February 2002. Metal detecting.
1 early post medieval elaborate thin and tinned copper alloy buckle with remains of iron pin on reverse. 16th/17th century. See finder's map in file.
Identified by K. Hinds (NLA), 5 August 2002.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Early Mesolithic to Early Neolithic - 10000 BC to 3001 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Undated)
  • BLADE (Early Mesolithic to Early Neolithic - 10000 BC to 3001 BC)
  • FLAKE (Early Mesolithic to Early Neolithic - 10000 BC to 3001 BC)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Map: Finder's Map..
---Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1988. The Fenland Project Number 3: Marshland and Nar Valley, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 45. p 129.

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