Record Details

NHER Number:4250
Type of record:Monument
Name:Iron Age enclosure, possible deserted medieval settlement, multi-period objects

Summary

Metal detecting from the mid-1980s to the present day has recovered a large number of coins, pottery sherds and metal objects from the prehistoric to the post medieval period. These include an Early Saxon brooch and fragments of a medieval copper alloy dish or bucket. Aerial photography of this area has also recorded cropmarks that have been interpreted as settlement evidence. It is possible that this, in combination with the large number of objects, may indicate that was the site of a medieval settlement that has since been abandoned.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 28 33
Map Sheet:TG23SE
Parish:SWAFIELD, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1946. Cropmarks of deserted village and Iron Age farm noted.

1984-5. Found with metal detector.
Medieval and post medieval metalwork, Roman coins, Roman, Middle Saxon, Late Saxon and medieval pottery.

1986. Found with metal detector.
Roman, Early Saxon, Late Saxon, medieval and post medieval metalwork and coins.

1987. Found with metal detector.
Roman coins, medieval metalwork.

1990. Found with metal detector.
Roman coin.

1991. Found with metal detector.
Roman brooch, medieval-post medieval coins.

1992. Found with metal detector.
Roman coin, medieval - post medieval buckles.

1993. Found with metal detector.
Early Saxon brooch, medieval metalwork.

See full list in secondary file.

March to April 2001. Metal detecting. [1]
Late Saxon pottery: one probably basal sherd, large Thetford-type vessel.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 11 May 2001.

November to December 2002. Metal-detecting. [2]
2 Roman coins and 1 ?vessel mount.
1 medieval coin.
1 post-medieval/modern mount.
Objects Identified by S. Ashley (NLA), coins by A. Marsden (NLA). See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 15 January 2003.
Updated by J. Page (HES), 20 February 2014.

Summer 2005. Metal-detecting, field 27. Site extended.
Two medieval coins.
Medieval and post medieval objects.
See lists in file and CD.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 4 September 2006.

February to March 2006. Metal-detecting.
1 Late Saxon unidentified object.
Object Identified by S. Ashley (NLA). See description in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA),14 April 2006.
Updated by J. Page (HES), 20 February 2014.

10 September 2006.
Google Earth shows a double ditched enclosure
See (S1) for further details.
D. Lefeuvre (NLA), 20 September 2010.

Monument Types

  • DOUBLE DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Undated)
  • FARMSTEAD (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BUCKET (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • VESSEL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • BOOK FITTING (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DRESS COMPONENT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FURNITURE FITTING (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BOOK FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOX (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CAULDRON (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FURNITURE FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HARNESS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • JUG (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PILGRIM BADGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PURSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BOWL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CHISEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CROTAL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HAMMER (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HARNESS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PALM GUARD (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PURSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • STUD (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VESSEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: MED buckle, CPS 22.
---Aerial Photograph: RAF. RAF 06G-UK1634 no 3317, Unit AP TG2833A-G.
---Photograph: I & RS. Digital finds image.
---Monograph: Ashley, S.. 2002. Medieval Armorial Horse Furniture in Norfolk.. East Anglian Archaeology. Vol 101.
---Photograph: Riddler, I.. 2005. Digital photographs of Discovery Tours finds, Summer 2005. CD.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Infoterra and Bluesky Ltd. 2006. Google Earth TG 2842 3307 (Infoterra 10-SEPT-2006).

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