Record Details

NHER Number:24595
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period finds

Summary

Sporadic metal-detecting between 1988 and 2012 recovered a Late Prehistoric flint core; Late Saxon, medieval and medieval/post-medieval pottery; Roman, Middle Saxon and medieval coins; a medieval French jetton and Roman to Early Saxon, Late Saxon, medieval, medieval/post-medieval and undated metal finds. The coins included an 8th century gold dinar of Abbasid, only the second to be found in Britain and a contemporary forgery of a gold coin of Offa minted by Oethelred before AD 792, which was unique when identified.
Other metal finds included a Roman/Early Saxon “Door knob” spear butt; a Late Saxon stirrup-strap mount; a medieval horse harness pendant, lead seal matrix and pot mends; a medieval/post-medieval copper alloy vessel rim and lead weight and undatable casting waste.

Images

  • Roman/Early Saxon spear butt from NHER 24595  © Norfolk County Council
  • Romano-British spear 1 from NHER 24595  © Norfolk County Council

Location

Grid Reference:TG 42 05
Map Sheet:TG40NW
Parish:FREETHORPE, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Spring 1988.
Roman, Middle Saxon, medieval coins found.
Roman follis of Constantine I.
Gold 8th century AD dinar of Abbasid.
Gold contemporary forgery of Offa , moneyer Oethelred. Minted before AD 792.
medieval French jetton.
See details in file.
W. Milligan (NCM), May 1988.

January 1992. Metal detecting.
Silver short cross penny, John, Class 5a/b (1205 to 1210), Exeter mint.
See (S1).
Identified by J. Davies (NCM).
D. Gurney (NLA), 22 January 1992

See NHER 28523 for finds made on presumed site of hall.

August-September 2011. Metal-detecting.
Roman/Early Saxon “Door knob” spear butt (S1), medieval and undatable metal objects, Late Saxon, medieval and medieval/post-medieval pot sherds, one medieval and one post-medieval coin.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (HES), 30 September 2011.

February-March 2012. Metal-detecting.
Prehistoric flint core, one Roman coin, Late Saxon, medieval, medieval/post-medieval and undatable metal objects.
See lists in file.
S. Ashley (HES), 22 March 2012.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman to Early Saxon - 43 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CASTING WASTE (Unknown date)
  • CASTING WASTE (Unknown date)
  • CORE (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FERRULE (Roman to Early Saxon - 43 AD to 650 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 138 AD to 192 AD)
  • COIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • COIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • STIRRUP STRAP MOUNT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HARNESS PENDANT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • JETTON (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT MEND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN (15th Century - 1483 AD to 1485 AD)
  • COIN (17th Century - 1696 AD to 1696 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: I & RS. Digital finds image.
---Unpublished Document: Blackburn, M. (Fitzwilliam Museum). 1988. Letter. Wickhampton Finds.. 27 April.
---Unpublished Document: British Museum. 1988. Fax. Freethorpe (Wickhampton) Offa Coin.. 29 November.
---Article in Serial: Margeson, S.. 1992. Coin Register.. British Numismatic Journal.
---Publication: North, J. J. 1963. English Hammered Coins. 969/70.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Gibbons, J.. 2011. Drawing of a Roman/Early Saxon copper alloy ‘Door Knob’ spear butt.. Film. 2:1.

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