Record Details

NHER Number:25697
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period metal objects, coins and pottery sherds


Metal detecting in this area during 1990-98 recovered a large number of artefacts and coins. Finds of note included a Roman headstud brooch, an Early Saxon buckle-pin, a medieval sword belt fitting, a very fine 10th century Borre-style disc brooch, a post medieval lead weight, a late medieval belt-stiffener, a Mesolithic/Early Neolithic flint blade and a Roman disc brooch with a triskele motif.


  • Early Saxon disc brooch with gilded animal and human mask decoration.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service and S. White


Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TG10NW

Full description

Januaury 1990. Large metal detector scatter containing other NHER sites [1].
Five Roman coins.
Headstud brooch, hinged. Lower half of bow etc. missing; solid chain loop missing. Two longitudinal grooves on bow. 2nd century. Button and loop fastener. Rectangular enamel head, alternate red and blue enamel celts. Wild Class VI (S1). Photographed.
Late Saxon Lead disc brooch (at [2]). Cast cruciform motif with five cast bosses: one in centre, one in each arm. Ribbed border, spandrels between cross arms decorated in very crude interlace. Lug and catchplate on rear. Photographed.
A. Rogerson (NAU) 8 February 1990.

December 1990. Further finds from area around findspot of disc brooch.
Early Saxon silver disc brooch, simple lug on rear, intact catchplate, remains of iron spring/pin with possible textile impression. Gilt front with three triangular zones of style 1 decoration, including two with animal ornament and one with human mask. Zones separated by three triangular cells with missing settings. Central empty circular cell. Flat border with inlaid niello zigzags. Late 6th/early 7th century, (S3).
Early Saxon shield-on-tongue buckle-pin. Photographed.
Headplate of Early Saxon small-loop brooch, remains of iron spring/pin. Two drilled holes, punched decoration. Topmost part of bow survives. Old break. Exact findspot uncertain
A. Rogerson (NAU).

March/April 1991. Metal detector finds
Roman, Middle Saxon and Late Saxon metalwork
Medieval sword belt fitting. Details in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 29 April 1991

September-November 1991. Field collection
Roman to post medieval pottery. List in file

November 1991. Metal detector find.
10th century Borre-style disc brooch. Very fine example, good decoration, not very worn. Exceptional lug with carved top with two tiny lobes, one at each end. Catchplate tapers to a neat point.
Identified by and enthused over by S. Margeson (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA) 2 December 1991.

January-February 1992. Further finds.
Prehistoric flint.
Roman and Late Saxon pottery. List in file.
Flint held by finders, pottery held by NCM.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 26 February 1992.

February 1992. Found with metal detector.
Possible Middle Saxon buckle. D-shaped. Polaroid takwen by NCM, copy (S1) in file
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM).
J. Davies (NCM) 5 March 1992.

February-March 1992. Further finds.
Roman-post medieval pottery list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 1 April 1992

March 1992. More metal detector finds.
Lead 1oz weight. Carries conjoined seals of St George and Ireland (1649-1660).
Polaroid taken by NCM
Identified by J. Davies (NCM) 3 April 1992.
J. Davies (NCM) 3 April 1992.

1992. Metal detector finds.
Medieval gilded copper alloy buckle-plate. Five rivet holes (two with rivets in place). Ribbed border.
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM).
Medieval key bow, lozenge-shaped with projecting knob at top.
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM).
J. Davies (NCM) 17 December 1992.

November 1992.
Prehistoric flints.
One Middle Saxon sherd.
Late Saxon, medieval, post medieval sherds.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 2 December 1992.

January-February 1993. Metal detector finds.
Medieval 14th century bronze ring brooch, simple ring, pin looped round. No pin bar etc. Ring may be made from folded sheet.
Late medieval bronze belt-stiffener. Two spikes on reverse for attachment. Two lobes with central transverse rib.
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA) 2 April 1993.

November 1993. Metal detector finds.
Head of Roman trumpet brooch at above grid reference in situ.
1st-2nd century AD spring.
Identified by J. Davies (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA) 22 December 1993.

January/February 1994. Fieldwalking.
Thick blade with some secondary trimming at the bulbar end and slight whitish patination over patchy grey/brown flint. Extensive secondary damage (post patination) to both lateral edges and distal tip, which may have obscured any original retouch. This damage could have been deliberate (i.e. to use as a fabricator) or accidental plough damage. Original production perhaps Mesolithic or Early Neolithic.
Identified by P. Robins (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA) 18 April 1994.

February/March 1994.
One body sherd Thetford type.
Two medieval unglazed body sherds.
Fragment of medieval belt-plate, with repousse 'dot' decoration.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NLA) 11 November 1994.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 11 November 1994.

November/December 1995. Generally located pottery finds.
One body sherd Roman greyware.
One body sherd Early Saxon with 2 horizontal grooves above row of diagonal slashes. Slightly sandy, some large voids on interior surface, some grog.
Five body sherds Thetford-type.
One body sherd medieval unglazed.
One body sherd glazed Grimston.
Three Glazed Red Earthenware.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 3 January 1996.

1996. Metal detector finds.
2nd century denarius.
See list in file.
Identified by J. Davies (NCM) 24 October 1996.
W. Milligan (NCM) 29 October 1996.

Early 1999. Metal detecting. NCM Enquiry No: E1216.
Nuremberg jetton, 'Rechenmeister' type. Obverse: Rechermeister at table. Reverse: Alphabet.1550-1590.
Coin weight. Antwerp. Square. 16th-17th century. Obverse: Hand (very worn). Reverse: Crown/EC/Rose. Weighs 2.93g.
K. Hinds (NLA) 23 Ferbruary 2000.

See finds lists, coin forms, location plans and drawings in file.

Before 10 February 1998. Metal detecting.
Roman almost complete disc brooch with slightly raised border and central triskele motif (Celtic origin).
Both fields inside and outside the triskele would have originally held enamel. Pin lug and catch plate on reverse; pin missing.
See for comparison Hattat 120 (S2).
2nd century.
Identified K. Sussams, March 1998.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 12 April 2001.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Mesolithic to Early Neolithic - 10000 BC to 3001 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BLADE (Early Mesolithic to Early Neolithic - 10000 BC to 3001 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DRESS COMPONENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PENDANT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BROOCH (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • COIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • DRESS COMPONENT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • PENDANT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • BROOCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BROOCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DRESS COMPONENT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • PENDANT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN WEIGHT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • JETTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: 1991. LBX 1-3, Saxson Brooch (coin)..
---Photograph: 1991. LBV 9-12, Medievalsword chape..
---Photograph: 1991. LBW 33-35, Romano British strap end..
---Photograph: 1991. LBX 4-5, Middle/Late Saxon hooked tag..
---Photograph: 1991. LBX 6-8, Middle/Late Saxon pendant..
---Photograph: 1991. LBX 9-12, Middle/Late Saxon sceat..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Photograph: FVE 11-12.
<S1>Photograph: I&RS. Finds Polaroid. Polaroid.
<S2>Publication: Hattatt, R.. 1982. Ancient and Romano-British Brooches. 1.
<S3>Illustration: White, S.. 1990. Drawing of an Early Saxon silver disc brooch.. Card. 2:1.

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