Record Details

NHER Number:31318
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period finds


Metal detecting and fieldwalking was carried out on the site of a proposed quarry. A possible cauldron rim, a fragment of copper alloy, an early Georgian coin and a piece of modern brooch were found. Later metal detecting recovered a Roman dolphin type brooch.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 22 81
Map Sheet:TM28SW

Full description

5 June 1995. Metal detecting and fieldwalking was carried out on site of proposed quarry at Needham.
Visibility was not good due to a cereal crop which had recently been cut and spread on the field.
Only four finds were recovered by metal detector: a possible cauldron rim, a fragment of bronze, an early Georgian coin and a piece of modern bronze brooch.
See (S1) in file.
S. Bates (NAU), 12 July 1995.

June to July 1998. Metal detecting.
Dolphin brooch with hinge mechanism, head and top of bar only surviving. White metal coated. The wings are tubular and hold a bronze axis bar; there is a curious curled piece of bronze strip (rectangular in section) protruding from the pin-slot, which is perhaps part of the pin. The wings are undecorated. The bar is narrow and facetted at top: at the angle it is transversely ribbed, circular in section and broken (old break).
Roman, 1st century AD.
See (S2).
Identified by H. Geake (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 17 July 1999.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman to Post Medieval - 43 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CAULDRON (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Article in serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1996. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1995. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt III pp 397-412. p 403.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Bates, S.. 1995. NAU Report No. 138. Report on Watching Brief at Needham Borrow Pit..
<S2>Photograph: I&RS. Finds Polaroid. Polaroid.

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