Record Details

NHER Number:11405
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age palstave and possible Roman finger ring

Summary

Digging in the garden recovered a Bronze Age copper alloy palstave. A possible Roman silver finger ring was found by a metal detectorist.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 61 98
Map Sheet:TL69NW
Parish:HILGAY, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Around 1973. Dug up in garden.
Unlooped palstave, small hole in hafting slot.
Accurate grid reference from (S1).

In fact not so accurate. Location corrected from up-to-date map of houses sent by West Norfolk District Council 1988.
E. Rose (NAU), 25 January 1988.

Around 1980. Metal-detecting.
Found in garden with metal detector:
1 silver finger ring, could be late Roman but perhaps more recent Near Eastern. See drawing (S2).
Identified by A. Gregory (NAU).
Information from A. Rogerson (NAU).
Now believed to be most likely a relatively recent object, see below.
E. Rose (NAU), 3 December 1984. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 20 January 2016.

March 2009.
The silver ring found in the 1980s was believed lost [1] but has now been located.
See email (S3), confirming that possibly Roman silver ring found in c. 1980 is not ancient
A. Rogerson (NLA) 27 February 2009

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • PALSTAVE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINGER RING (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 69 NW 22.
<S2>Illustration: [Norwich Castle Museum staff]. Drawing of a ?relatively recent silver finger ring. Paper. Unknown.
<S3>Correspondence: Pestell, T, Jackson, R & Hearn, V. 2009. Email correspondance regarding a possible Roman finger ring.

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