Record Details

NHER Number:2755
Type of record:Monument
Name:Prehistoric pot boilers and Roman pottery and coins, Barrow Hill

Summary

In 1925 a burnt mound or hearth with associated Iron Age pot boilers and pottery was found here. Additionally, a number of Roman pottery sherds and coins were retrieved from the same site. The area has now been destroyed by gravel extraction.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 8495 8229
Map Sheet:TL88SW
Parish:THETFORD, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

January 1925. Cooking place found on Barrow Hill, approximately 130-150 OD. Subsequently destroyed by gravel extraction.
Pottery - some decorated from hearths (found by [1]), pot boilers, charcoal.
Some late Iron Age A1. Black and reddish pottery - rough and fine ware. Held by Thetford Museum.
(W.G. Clarke (MSS) notes that the 'pottery [is] similar to that which I found on Barnham Common').
Fragment of clay loomweight 7.3cm (2 1/8inch) wide.
Everted black rim - 5mm thick, gritty ware, diagonal slashings (IAA 1). NCM hold two sherds found in 1931.
AC site 16 (i) 6.5mm thick - handmade, burnished exterior - plain hard gritty ware (prob IAA 2).
See (S1), (S2) and (S3).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Some ware with flat topped rim bevelled inward. High shoulders - finger tipping on rims and finger nail on shoulder - some rims undercut - incised parallel lines and criss-cross incisions for decoration.
Small pot from this site in Thetford Museum, formerly held by member of the public [1]. Called Late Bronze Age in error, see (S4).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

1925. Barrow Hill.
Sherds, coins of Tacitus and others, fragment of quern. Pottery previously held by Norwich Castle Museum (Acc. 10.939) taken to Thetford Museum (THEHM : 1977.134-6).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Monument Types

  • BURNT MOUND (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • HEARTH (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT BOILER (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • QUERN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Thetford [2].
<S1>Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R.. 1939. The Iron Age in Norfolk and Suffolk. Archaeological Journal. Vol XCVI pp 1-113. p 94.
<S2>Article in Serial: 1924. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Vol XVIII, pp 252-3. pp 252-253.
<S3>Article in Serial: 1929. Summary of Proceedings. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol VI Pt I (for 1928) pp 55-56. p 55.
<S4>Article in Serial: 1931. Summary of Proceedings. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol VI Pt IV p 385. p 385.
<S8>Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Iron Age. Thetford.

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