Record Details

NHER Number:809
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Undated pits, 20-21 Royal Arcade

Summary

In 1986 archaeological observations were carried out during the restorations of the properties here. Two pits were dug and found to contain mid-brown moist loam at the bottom. This loam was very homogeneous with very few flints but common chalk flecks and fairly common charcoal flecks. Analysis gave no indication of how these deposits formed but they could be composed of flovelloam or inwashed material from eroded earthworks.

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Location

Grid Reference:TG 23035 08459
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

June/July 1986. Watching Brief. During restoration, excavation undertaken 2m south of Arcade itself within Nos 20/21.
Here a pit 2m square was cut to a depth of around 2.80m. Much of the upper deposits consisted of rubble but the bottom 0.50m+ consisted of a mid-brown moist loam. This was very homogeneous with very few flints but common chalk flecks and fairly common charcoal flecks. This deposit was not bottomed.
A sample was taken and analysed by Peter Murphy (held by NAU). Regrettably the analysis gave no indication of how deposit was formed. Could be a flovelloam or inwashed material from eroded earthworks.
A second such pit inside No.19 to west, immediately adjacent to the side entrance to the Arcade, was disturbed to some 2m depth by foundations of the building. However, at a similar depth to the pit in Nos 20/21 the deposits was seen again and once again was not bottomed.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished document: NCM Staff. 1973-1989. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card - Norwich.

Related records

Site 1706Parent of: 18, Royal Arcade (Monument)
Site 1454Parent of: 20-21 Royal Arcade (Monument)
Site 1428Parent of: 22 Royal Arcade (Monument)
26009Part of: Royal Arcade (Building)

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