Record Details

NHER Number:7438
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Early Saxon inhumation cemetery


Objects from the Early Saxon period have been recovered from this area from 1973 to the modern day. The number and quality of these pieces, which include brooches, sleeve clasps and a spearhead, are thought to indicate the possible presence of an Early Saxon cemetery on this site.

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Map Sheet:TG12SW

Full description

1973. Stray Find.
Ploughed up 15yds [13.7m] north of road and around 5yds [4.6m] west of garden fence:
1 medieval ring brooch. See sketch (S8).
Compiled by E. Rose (NAU). Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 4 November 2015.

February/March 1994. [1]
See map (S2) in file.
Almost complete great squared-headed brooch found in three pieces (non-recent breaks) up to 25m apart in arable field adjacent to paddock, at east end of which the earlier find of an annular brooch was made.
Photograph in file.
Drawn, (S1) - in oversize drawings file.
X-ray - kept in file.
In area of these fragments, a wrist-clasp found by another NMD member (object yet to be examined), (S3).
In western part of paddock, part of small-long brooch (object yet to be examined). [2], (S4).
The above finds suggest an inhumation cemetery.
Compiled by A. Rogerson (NLA) 21 April 1994.

Small-long brooch fragment reported is in fact head of florid cruciform brooch; all of one side and most of other missing. Most of top knob survives as does some gilding. Punched penanulets. Single pin lug on reverse.
Fracture at top of bow has been smoothed off and part-pierced by a hole and immediately above two holes have been drilled from rear; showing that the brooch has been repaired, (S4).
Wrist clasp eye plate, with some gilding. Hines C1 (previously reported), (S3).

August 1994.
Pair of wrist clasps, eye plate broken in two with bar of edge missing, (S5).
Repousee and punched decoration. Hines B7.
Compiled by A. Rogerson (NLA), 24 October 1994.

September/October 1994.
Another pair of wrist clasps found in paddock.
Revised descriptions of all objects from site now in file.
Comp. A.Rogerson (NLA) 23 December 1994.

Earlier 1995. Metal detector finds.
Further finds of Early Saxon brooches, buckles and spearhead (S6).
Medieval brooch,
Roman sherds.
See lists in file.
Compiled by A. Rogerson (NLA), 3 July 1995.

Late 1995. Metal detector find.
Fragments of two Early Saxon wrist clasps (S7).
See list and drawings in file.
Compiled by A. Rogerson (NLA), 11 March 1996.

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SLEEVE CLASP (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SPEAR (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BROOCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Photograph: GYP.
---X-ray: X ray.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Early Saxon. Swannington.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: White, S. 1994. Drawing of an Early Saxon great-squared brooch.. Film. 2:1.
<S2>Map: Finder's Map..
<S3>Illustration: White, S.. 1994. Drawing of an Early Saxon wrist clasp eye-plate.. Film. 2:1.
<S4>Illustration: White, S.. 1994. Drawing of an Early Saxon cruciform brooch fragment.. Film. 2:1.
<S5>Illustration: White, S.. 1994. Drawing of a pair of Early Saxon wrist clasps.. Film. 2:1.
<S6>Illustration: White, S. 1995. Drawing of two Early Saxon brooch fragments, two Early Saxon buckle frames and an Early Saxon spearhead.. Film. 2:1.
<S7>Illustration: White, S.. 1996. Drawing of a pair of wrist clasps.. Film. 2:1.
<S8>Illustration: [Unknown]. 1973. Sketch of a medieval annular brooch from Swannington. Paper. 1:1.

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