Record Details

NHER Number:42573
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Neolithic to Bronze Age worked flint and Saxon to post medieval finds, London Road playing fields

Summary

Monitoring of groundworks for the installation of a fence at London Road playing field in 2005 recorded a variety of finds dating from the Neolithic to the post medieval period. The majority of the pottery has been identified as Late Saxon, with a range of pottery types and forms typical of assemblages from elsewhere in the Saxon town. Other finds include early medieval, medieval and post medieval pottery, a silver half groat of Edward III, post medieval and modern ceramic building material, undated metalworking debris, animal bone (some with clear butchering marks), and ten struck flints dated to the Neolithic to Bronze Age. The Late Saxon pottery does not appear to be as abraded as the later finds and therefore may be derived from underlying features whereas the later material was likely deposited within the ploughsoil during agricultural activities.

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Location

Grid Reference:TL 86291 82792
Map Sheet:TL88SE
Parish:THETFORD, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

October 2005. Watching Brief. Contexts 1-129.
Spoil was examined from 129 post holes during construction of a new fence line. 653 pottery sherds were collected from 99 individual post holes. The majority of these have been identified as Late Saxon, primarily Thetford ware but also St Neot's and Stamford ware, and these sherds appear to have been concentrated in the centre of the field, at the easternmost point of the fence. The Late Saxon pottery does not appear to be as abraded as the later finds and therefore may be derived from underlying features whereas the later material was likely deposited within the ploughsoil during agricultural activities. The range of pottery types and forms is typical of the assemblages from elsewhere in the Saxon town.
No concentrations were noted in the remainder of the material, which includes 42 sherds of early medieval, 26 sherds medieval and 6 sherds post medieval pottery, a silver half groat of Edward III, post medieval and modern ceramic building material, undated metalworking debris including at least one fragment of smithing slag, animal bone (some with clear butchering marks), and ten struck flints dated to the Neolithic to Bronze Age.
See (S1) for further details.
See also (S2).
J. Allen (NLA) 1 March 2007.
Updated H. Hamilton (NLA), 30 July 2008.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon to Post Medieval - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • SLAG (Unknown date)
  • WASTE (Unknown date)
  • XFIRED CLAY (Unknown date)
  • BURNT FLINT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BLADE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • FLAKE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • KNIFE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • RETOUCHED FLAKE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOTTLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUTTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DRAIN PIPE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PANTILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • RING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SHOE IRON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Crawley, P.E.. 2006. NAU Archaeology Report No. 1136. An Archaeological Watching Brief at London Road Playing Fields, Thetford, Norfolk..
<S2>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2006. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2005. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt I pp 124-136. p 134.

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