Record Details

NHER Number:13903
Type of record:Monument
Name:Late Saxon to medieval settlement

Summary

Fieldwalking and metal detecting in advance of the development of the bypass recovered
Roman pottery and coins, medieval metalwork (including a coin) and post medieval pottery and metalwork. A section of a ditch containing Late Saxon to medieval pottery was observed. The site was fieldwalked as part of the Fenland Survey. The two concentrations of finds recovered were interpreted as evidence for Late Saxon to medieval settlement and a medieval rubbish dump in the fen.

Images - none

Location

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

Full description

1978. Found with metal detector and fieldwalking bypass line.
Roman pottery and coins, medieval metalwork, post medieval pottery and metalwork.

1979. Seen in ditch section.
Ditch with Late Saxon to medieval pottery.

Pre 1980. Found with metal detector.
Medieval coin, post medieval weight, Late Saxon to medieval pottery.

1987. Fenland fieldwalking. HLG 6 and 7.
Late Saxon, medieval sherds, bone, shell.
At HLG 6 there are copious pottery fragments set in grey stained soil lying next to the lane. The material includes Thetford Ware and may indicate an origin for the site in the Late Saxon period, continuing into the 13th century. Another spread of medieval pottery (HLG 7) in the same field is less easy to explain in settlement terms, for it must have been perilously close to the contemporary fen edge. Possibly this was rubbish dumped in the fen in the late 12th and 13th centuries.
See (S1) and (S2).
Pottery lists and (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 13 July 1990.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • DITCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MIDDEN (Medieval to 13th Century - 1100 AD to 1299 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Undated)
  • POT (Undated)
  • TILE (Undated)
  • WHETSTONE (Undated)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • PERSONAL ORNAMENT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • AMPULLA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KNIFE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GUNFLINT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MUSICAL INSTRUMENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. HLG 6,7. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: BMP 5-6.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52.
<S3>Illustration: Finds Illustrations.

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