Record Details

NHER Number:1517
Type of record:Monument
Name:Snettisham Roman jeweller's hoard, Roman settlement and multi-period finds

Summary

In 1985 a 2nd century AD Roman jeweller's hoard was found during building work. It had been buried in a pot and included 110 unmounted gemstone intaglios, silver jewellery, an unfinished gold ring, silver ingots, fragments of gold and silver, 110 coins, tools and a copper alloy seal box. In 1985 an excavation revealed 2nd and 3rd century AD settlement features and evidence for iron working. Other Roman, medieval and post medieval objects were also found during the building work, by metal detecting and as casual discoveries.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF63SE
Parish:SNETTISHAM, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1951.
Roman coin found.

1984.
Roman coins found.

1985.
2nd century Roman jeweller's hoard found, excavation afterwards.
The excavation revealed 2nd and 3rd century AD settlement features and evidence for iron working.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S6).
Amended by D. Robertson (NLA), 1 February 2006 and P. Watkins (HES), 17 May 2019.

1986 to 1987. Metal detecting.
Roman coins and pottery and metalwork.

1988.
Roman coin found.

1989.
Roman coin found.

1991.
Roman, medieval pottery and tile.
See full details, analyses of finds (S2 and S3) and press cuttings (S4 to S5) in file.
D. Gurney (NLA), 7 February 1997.

Overlapped by large scatter NHER 28450.
E. Rose (NLA).

Mid 1980s. Found casually during building works.
Nine Roman coins.
Post medieval jetton.
Roman stylus and vessel fragment.
Post medieval bell.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 15 January 2002.

1985. Excavation.
The excavation noted above revealed 2nd and 3rd century AD settlement features and evidence for iron working.
See (S6).
D. Robertson (NLA), 1 February 2006.

March-June 2011. Stray Find.
Roman coin.
See lists in file and [1].
A. Marsden (HES), 15 June 2011.

Monument Types

  • METAL WORKING SITE (Roman - 100 AD to 300 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Roman - 100 AD to 300 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Undated)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • BRACELET (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CHAIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINGER RING (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • GEMSTONE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HARNESS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HOARD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • INGOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PENDANT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PERSONAL ORNAMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STEELYARD WEIGHT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STYLUS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • VESSEL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 161 AD to 192 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MUSICAL INSTRUMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BOOK FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • JETTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PENDANT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Potter, T.. 1986. A Roman jeweller's hoard from Snettisham.. Antiquity. Vol LX, No 229, pp 137-139 & pl XII-XIII.
---Article in Serial: Cool, H.E.M.. 2000. The Significance of Snake Jewellery Hoards.. Britannia. Vol XXXI, pp 29-40.
---Map: Finder's Map..
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 63 SE 20.
---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 - Roman. Snettisham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Fiche: Exists.
---Photograph: CZW26-29.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Publication: Johns, C.. 1997. The Snettisham Roman Jeweller's Hoard.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Snettisham Jeweller's Hoard. Gems: Preliminary List.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Gurney, D.. 1995. Jeweller's Hoard, Strickland Avenue: The Context of the Hoard.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Dereham and Fakenham Times. 1985. Digging up gold. 13 September.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1985-1986. [Articles on Roman jeweller's hoard].
<S6>Article in Serial: Frere, S.S., Hassall, M.W.C. & Tomlin, R.S.O.. 1986. Roman Britain in 1985.. Britannia. Vol XVII, pp 363-454. pp 403-404; Pl XXIXB.

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