Record Details

NHER Number:36665
Type of record:Monument
Name:Iron Age and Saxon occupation and Late Saxon or medieval ditch in SHARP Reedham II trench

Summary

Two years of summer season excavations by SHARP over earthworks related to the medieval Reeddam recorded a large Late Saxon or early medieval ditch. This may be a re-cut of an earlier Iron Age feature. A rammed chalk path and two possible terraces were recorded. Finds included tiny pieces of amber beads and gold leaf. There is evidence of Iron Age and Saxon occupation nearby.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 7094 3633
Map Sheet:TF73NW
Parish:SEDGEFORD, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

2001. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. Excavation. Reeddam II.
35m by 1.5m trench.
Opened over extant earthworks to provide further evidence of the construction of the medieval reed bed and the neighbouring track. A large possibly medieval ditch and a number of cobbled or 'made up' areas were recorded. These may be related to the creation of the reed bed.
See (S1) and (S2).
M. Dennis (NLA), 11 August 2006.

2002. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. Excavation. Reeddam II.
Two possible terraces to the south, a ditch then a cut sloping down to the north. Also an undated revetment feature. A rammed chalk path. Finds included tiny pieces of amber beads and gold leaf. Although no dwellings were discovered, evidence of habitation nearby seems proven. Finds seem to point to Iron Age and Saxon occupation. The date of the main ditch is still elusive, the working hypothesis being Late Saxon or medieval though there is some evidence that it may be a re-cut of an earlier Iron Age ditch. After natural sand was reached the trench was closed.
See (S3) and (S4).
M. Dennis (NLA), 11 August 2006.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • PATH (Unknown date)
  • TERRACED GROUND (Unknown date)
  • DITCH? (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT? (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT? (Saxon - 410 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DITCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BEAD (Unknown date)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project Archive.
---Archive: Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project Folder.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Stage set for annual archaeological dig. 3 July.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Article in serial: Cabot, S., Davies, G. and Hoggett, R. 2002. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project 2001: Sixth Interim Report. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt I pp 131-133.
<S2>Unpublished document: Davies, G. and Hoggett, R. (ed.). 2002. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project Interim Report 2001.
<S3>Monograph: Cabot, S. (ed.). 2003. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project Interim Report 2002..
<S4>Article in serial: Cabot, S. 2003. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project: Interim Report 2002. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt II pp 354-356.

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