Record Details

NHER Number:16780
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Roman settlement and multi-period finds

Summary

Metal detecting and fieldwalking on this site since the 1980s have recovered numerous objects dating from the prehistoric to the post medieval periods. A large number of the finds, which include coins, building materials and metalwork, have been attributed to the Roman period, and it is thought that this concentration of objects may indicate the presence of a Roman settlement. Other interesting artefacts include a Neolithic scraper, Bronze Age and Iron Age pottery sherds, as well as fragments of a medieval quern.

Images

  • A late Roman amphora shaped strap end with openwork decoration from Forncett  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TM 13 94
Map Sheet:TM19SW
Parish:FORNCETT, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
TACOLNESTON, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1980. Fieldwalking and metal detecting.
Iron Age and Roman sherds, Roman building material, Roman metalwork, very few coins. Pot boilers.

1983. Metal detecting.
Roman coins and brooch, (S2). Pot boilers.

1987. Metal detecting.
Roman coins, sherds and metalwork.

1988. Metal detecting. Finds over about 4.5 ha.
Roman coins and metalwork, Iron Age sherds.
See lists in file.

September 1988. Metal detecting and fieldwalking
List and drawing (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 4 November 1988.

Before January 2005. Contexts 1 and 6.
Neolithic flint scrapers.
Iron Age and Roman sherds.
Three Roman coins.
Post medieval and undated metal objects.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 31 May 2005.

December 2005.
Roman pottery, building material and metalwork suggests that there was probably a Roman settlement on this site.
D. Robertson & A. Rogerson (NLA), 13 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FINGER RING (Undated)
  • FLUE TILE (Undated)
  • KILN FURNITURE (Undated)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • NAIL (Undated)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • VESSEL (Undated)
  • WEIGHT (Undated)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT BOILER (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BRICK (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DISC (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SPOON (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STEELYARD WEIGHT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TEGULA (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HARNESS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • QUERN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HARNESS MOUNT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • JETTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: I & RS. Digital finds image.
---Map: Finder's Map..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S2>Illustration: Wallace. P. M.. 1983. Drawing of a Roman bronze brooch foot plate.. Film. 2:1.

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