Record Details

NHER Number:24083
Type of record:Monument
Name:Prehistoric pot boilers, Iron Age roundhouses and Roman pottery sherds

Summary

Fieldwalking here in 1987 recorded the presence of several prehistoric pot boiler scatters along with Roman pottery sherds. Aerial photographs of the area that were taken in 1989 also show cropmarks that possibly indicate an Iron Age enclosure and two round houses.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 6879 1020
Map Sheet:TF61SE
Parish:SHOULDHAM, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

14 October 1987. Fenland fieldwalking. Good young cereal well weathered.
Context 1: general scatter, east half field (west not yet walked) flints and one prehistoric sherd at grid reference.
Context 2 (at 6880 1012): pot boilers both. Site SHD AX.
Context 3 (at 6885 1019): concentration pot boilers where old dyke infilled. Material appears to be largely derived from upcast from dyke and therefore original. However a faint possibility that redeposited from elsewhere when dyke infilled. If genuine, indicates that a pot boiler site still completely buried beneath peat. 25m north-south x 20m east-west at 3.7m OD. Site SHD 15.
Finds held by NCM
R. Silvester (NAU) 15 October 1987.

Some of the material from Context 1 has been reidentified as Roman pottery.

26 June 1989. NAU aerial photography.
Shows ?Iron Age enclosure and two hut circles.
D. Edwards (NAU).

It appears the western half of the field was never walked in the end. These cropmarks lie partly in Context 1 and partly in the unwalked area.
E. Rose (NAU) 5 July 1993.

For full details of wares, flint types etc. see Fenland Folders.

Monument Types

  • ENCLOSURE (Undated)
  • ROUND HOUSE (DOMESTIC) (Undated)
  • BURNT MOUND (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • ENCLOSURE (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • ROUND HOUSE (DOMESTIC) (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT BOILER (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 6810 B-J.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. SHD 15. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. SHD AX. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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