Record Details

NHER Number:33169
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period finds including Bronze Age/Iron Age gold ring money

Summary

Metal detecting in 1995 recovered a rare piece of gold ring money. Subsequent fieldwalking in 2005 noted several potentially prehistoric burnt flint scatters. Other material recovered included Mesolithic and Neolithic/Bronze Age worked flints and what were identified by the finder as Iron Age, Middle Saxon, Late Saxon/medieval and medieval pottery sherds.

Images

  • A piece of gold ring money dating to the Bronze or Iron Age from Rocklands.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TL 99 96
Map Sheet:TL99NE
Parish:ROCKLANDS, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1995. Metal detecting.
Found at Context 1 [1]:
1 Bronze Age/Iron Age gold ring money. See drawing (S1).
Identified by J. Davies (NCM), see description in file. See also related correspondence (S2) and (S3) in file.
V. Fryer (NCM), 24 June 1997.

May 2005. Fieldwalking. Site extended to whole field [2].
Survey focused on eastern half of site, which was previously a separate field.
Identified at Context 2 (finder's Site 1):
?Prehistoric burnt flint scatter.

Identified at Context 3 (finder's Site 2):
?Prehistoric burnt flint scatter.

Identified at Context 4 (finder's Site 3):
?Prehistoric burnt flint scatter.

Found at Context 5 (finder's Site 4):
13 Iron Age pottery sherds (flint gritted).
The Iron Age sherds at this location are probably a continuation of a scatter observed at the southern end of the field to the north (NHER 61634 Context 2).

Found at Context 6 (finder's Site 5):
10 Iron Age pottery sherds (flint gritted).
The Iron Age sherds at this location are probably a continuation of a scatter previously observed in the field to the south (NHER 34985 Context 12).

Found at Context 7 (finder's Site 6):
4 Middle Saxon pottery sherds.
4 medieval pottery sherds.

Scattered finds from across the area examined included:
15 Neolithic/Bronze Age worked flints ("scrapers, blades etc.").
77 Late Saxon/medieval pottery sherds.
1 undated lava quern fragment, 1 animal tooth and 1 oyster shell.

Objects identified by finder, see notes and sketch map in file [3].
P. Watkins (HES), 28 September 2016.

August 2005. Fieldwalking.
Survey at western end of site, in area that was previously a separate field.
Found at Context 8 (finder's Site 3):
Iron Age pottery sherds [4].

Identified at Context 9 (finder's Site 4):
?Prehistoric burnt flint scatter.
Other prehistoric finds recovered in this area included 7 Neolithic/Bronze Age flint tools.

Found at Context 10 (finder's Site 5):
1 Late Saxon pottery sherd.
32 medieval pottery sherds.
1 undated iron slag fragment.

Objects identified by finder, see notes and sketch map in file for NHER 61633 [3].
P. Watkins (HES), 28 September 2016.

May 2006. Fieldwalking.
Found in north-east corner of field, in area of Contexts 4, 5 and 7 (finder's Site 1):
11 prehistoric worked flints. Probably mostly Neolithic/Bronze Age, although it is noted that this assemblage also included some Mesolithic microliths.
53 Iron Age pottery sherds.

Found in north-east corner of field, in area of Contexts 5 and 7 (finder's Site 2):
47 Middle Saxon and Late Saxon/medieval pottery sherds.
1 lava quern fragment.
Objects identified by finder, see notes and sketch map in file [3].
P. Watkins (HES), 28 September 2016.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC? to 42 AD?)
  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 701 BC?)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2350 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD? to 850 AD?)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD? to 1065 AD?)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • OYSTER SHELL (Unknown date)
  • QUERN (Unknown date)
  • QUERN (Unknown date)
  • SLAG (Unknown date)
  • BURNT FLINT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC? to 42 AD?)
  • BURNT FLINT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC? to 42 AD?)
  • MICROLITH (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • CORE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 701 BC?)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 701 BC?)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 701 BC?)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 701 BC?)
  • RING MONEY (CURRENCY) (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2350 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC? to 42 AD?)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC? to 42 AD?)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC? to 42 AD?)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD? to 850 AD?)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD? to 850 AD?)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD? to 1065 AD?)
  • POT (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • POT (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Holness, A.. 1995. Drawing of a piece of Iron Age gold ring money.. Paper. 2:1.
<S2>Correspondence: Davies, J. A. (NCM). 1995. Letter to M. Wilby, Coroner's Office, Steele & co., Solicitors. 2 February.
<S3>Correspondence: Baker, A. H., Coroner's Office. 1995. Letter to J. A. Davies (NCM). 7 February.

Related records - none

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