Record Details

NHER Number:19640
Type of record:Monument
Name:Early Saxon cremations and multi-period finds

Summary

Fieldwalking and metal-detecting between 1982 and 2014 recovered prehistoric worked flints; undated, Iron Age, Roman, Early Saxon, medieval and post-medieval pottery sherds; a medieval roof tile fragment; a medieval/post-medieval token and undated and Early Saxon to post-medieval metal objects. The metal finds include undated metalworking debris; a number of Early Saxon brooches and a sleeve clasp; a Middle/Late Saxon hooked tag; medieval to post-medieval dress accessories; a medieval needle and book clasp and a medieval/post-medieval copper alloy vessel foot and leg.
The number of Early Saxon brooches and pottery fragments found on this site suggests that the Early Saxon cremation cemetery, NHER 3781, extends into this area.

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Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF71NE
Parish:CASTLE ACRE, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK
WESTACRE, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1982. Astride parish boundary, scattered over area about 150m across. Found on surface of ploughed field.
'Sixty to seventy sherds of Ipswich Ware and one sherd of bossed urn'.
Note that these have not been seen at NAU or NCM and the identification is unconfirmed.
A. Gregory (NAU) 24 October 1983.

22 March 1985. Fieldwalking. Full north to south width of field, 50m west of east hedge walked under medium conditions, winter cereal.
One sherd Roman greyware?, one sherd undated, two sherds medieval unglazed, two sherds glazed Grimston, one sherd non-glazed Grimston.
Manure scatter, no concentrations.
No Ipswich ware found.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU) 23 April 1985.

12 March 1998. Context 2, whole field. Finder's field 79. Fieldwalking finds. [1].
Iron Age, Early Saxon, Roman, medieval sherds.
Flint.
See full details in file.
E. Rose (NLA) July 1998.

2005, before 28 January. Metal detecting. Northeast corner of field.
Seven Early Saxon objects suggesting continuation of inhumations from NHER 3781.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 14 April 2005.

Before 15 April 2005. Metal detecting.
Five more Early Saxon objects.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 21 June 2005.

Before 9 July 2007. Metal detecting.
3 more Early Saxon objects and medieval needle.
NB. M. de Bootman has long since indicated that the report of Middle Saxon sherds in 1982 was an error.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 4 October 2007.

February-May 2014. Metal-detecting. [2].
1 medieval pottery sherd, 1 roof tile fragment, a strap-end and a strap loop.
1 medieval/post-medieval token, a button and a copper alloy vessel foot and leg.
1 post-medieval pottery sherd.
Information from PAS import.
A. Beckham (HES), 3 July 2014.

May-September 2014. Metal-detecting. [3].
Medieval book clasp (S1).
Information from PAS import.
A. Beckham (HES), 7 September 2015.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • CREMATION (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • CREMATION CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • POT (Undated)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SLEEVE CLASP (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • HOOKED TAG (Middle Saxon to Late Saxon - 651 AD to 1065 AD)
  • NEEDLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BOOK FITTING (12th Century to 13th Century - 1175 AD to 1225 AD)
  • POT (12th Century to 14th Century - 1200 AD to 1400 AD)
  • STRAP END (13th Century to 15th Century - 1270 AD to 1450 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (13th Century to 16th Century - 1300 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (13th Century to 14th Century - 1300 AD to 1400 AD)
  • VESSEL (13th Century to 17th Century - 1300 AD to 1700 AD)
  • BUTTON (15th Century to 16th Century - 1500 AD to 1600 AD)
  • TOKEN (15th Century to 17th Century - 1500 AD to 1700 AD)
  • POT (16th Century to 17th Century - 1550 AD to 1700 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE
  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
---Map: Finder's Map..
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: 2015. Drawing of cast loop element from a medieval copper alloy two-part book clasp,. Film. 2:1.

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