Record Details

NHER Number:4112
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Unprovenanced Neolithic and Bronze Age finds, Bartholomew's Hills (Southacre, marginal/Sporle with Palgrave, marginal)

Summary

Various prehistoric objects found during the late 19th century and early 20th century in the Bartholomew's Hills area, but with little additional information regarding provenance. These finds include a Neolithic polished flint axe, a Neolithic flint sickle blade and a Late Bronze Age spearhead.

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Location

Parish:SOUTHACRE, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Several prehistoric objects found during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the Bartholomew's Hills area, but with little additional information regarding provenance. The area known as Bartholomew's Hills staddles the boundary between the parishes of Southacre and Sporle with Palgrave.

FINDS IN THE NORWICH CASTLE MUSEUM (NCM).

The NCM holds a Late Bronze Age copper alloy leaf-shaped spearhead recorded by (S1) as having been found "near Bartholomew's Hills." This find was donated to the museum in 1908 (ex Beloe Collection) and is noted in (S2) and (S3).
Although this find was previously recorded under NHER 4099 (which details finds found in the gravels pits near the Bartholomew's Hill crossroads), there is no evidence that it came from this site. It should also be noted that it was originally recorded as having come from Sporle with Palgrave parish, suggesting it was found somewhere to the east of this location.

OTHER FINDS

According to (S4) a two Neolithic flint objects - a sickle blade and a polished axe - were found in a sand pit at Bartholomew's Hills, Southacre. The sickle blade has close shallow pressure flaking all over both sides - see sketch on (S4). These objects were seen by Thetford museum and remain in private hands. They are listed in (S5). The precise location of these finds is unclear as a number of pits were worked in this area during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 10 June 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • POLISHED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • SICKLE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • SPEAR (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. South acre.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
<S1>Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age.
<S2>Publication: Rye, W. 1909. Catalogue of Antiquities Found Principally in East Anglia. p 29 no. 309.
<S3>Article in serial: 1899. C.A.S.C. Proc Cams Antiq Soc. p 89.
<S4>Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic.
<S5>Thesis: Healy, F.. 1978. The Neolithic in Norfolk. p 623.

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