Record Details

NHER Number:25003
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Roman settlement and saltern

Summary

Fieldwalking has recovered fragments of Roman pottery and tile, suggesting that this is the site of a Roman settlement, one of a number of similar settlements that have been identified along the course of the Fen Causeway Roman road (NHER 2796). Briquetage has also been recovered from the site, suggesting that salt-making was carried out here in the Roman period.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 5392 9959
Map Sheet:TL59NW
Parish:NORDELPH, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Concentration of Roman pottery set in dark soil.
Pot (moderate), fired clay (abundant), tile (?x1), bone (x1). Conditions reasonable - newly drilled cereal, some weathering. Dimensions about 59m southwest/northeast x 48m northwest/southeast.
R. Silvester (NAU) 8 December 1988.

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

(S2) records this as the site of a Roman settlement dating from the 3rd and 4th centuries, one of a number of similar sites identified along the course of the Fen Causeway Roman road (NHER 2796). (S2) also records briquetage from this site, suggesting that salt-production was taking place at this site during the Roman period.
See (S2) for more details.
S. Spooner (NLA) 2 August 2006

Monument Types

  • SALTERN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. NDH 8. FENS.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52. p 109.

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