Record Details

NHER Number:8310
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Middle Saxon canoe, River Ant

Summary

Part of a wooden dug-out canoe was dredged from the River Ant below Wayford Bridge in 1927. At first thought to be medieval, it was later dated to AD 720, and is the oldest boat found in Norfolk to date. The canoe is a nationally important object.

Images

  • A wooden dug-out canoe that was dredged from the River Ant below Wayford Bridge in 1927. At first thought to be medieval, it was later dated to 720 AD.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • The excavation of a wooden dug-out canoe that was dredged from the River Ant below Wayford Bridge in 1927. At first thought to be medieval, it was later dated to 720 AD.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • The excavation of a wooden dug-out canoe that was dredged from the River Ant below Wayford Bridge in 1927. At first thought to be medieval, it was later dated to 720 AD.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

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Parish:SMALLBURGH, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
STALHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Grid reference marginal but between 3500 2470 and 3570 2428. (E. Rose, NAU).

November 1927.
Dredged from River Ant below Wayford Bridge and 1.5m (5ft) down in peat. Part of a dug-out canoe, now 3.6m (12ft) long. Rows of drilled holes suggest post Roman.
Photographs by R. R.Clarke (NCM) (Photocopy in file).
Exhibited by the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia December 1927 called Irstead.
See (S1).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

2003.
Boat dated to AD 720.
See (S2).
M. Horlock (NLA) 25 July 2003.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 720 AD to 720 AD)
  • WATERCRAFT (Middle Saxon - 720 AD to 720 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CANOE (Middle Saxon - 720 AD to 720 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Article in serial: 1928. Summary of Proceedings. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol V Pt III (for 1928) pp 310-311. p 311.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2003. 'Amazing' boat dates from 720. 25 July. p 40.

Related records - none

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