Record Details

NHER Number:32340
Type of record:Monument
Name:Early Saxon inhumation cemetery

Summary

Metal detecting at this site has recovered large numbers of Early Saxon metal finds including brooches, spearhead fragments and a knife. Other Roman, medieval and post medieval metal finds were also made. The Early Saxon finds indicate that this is the site of an Early Saxon inhumation cemetery. Metal detecting in 2008 revealed Roman and Medieval pottery, a medieval coin, an early Saxon wrist clasp and a medieval thimble.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF84SW
Parish:BURNHAM MARKET, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK
BURNHAM THORPE, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

January/February 1997. Illegal metal detecting over field.
Area of dense metal detecting and evidence of around fourteen large holes backfilled.

February 1997. Visit. Area of disturbance plotted and metal detected by [1].
Context 1. Cruciform brooch knob.
Context 2. Iron shield ring.
Context 3. Spearhead fragment.
Context 4. 3 spearhead fragments (in largest area of disturbance).
Context 5. Early Saxon sherd.
Context 6. Finds made by [1] and not plotted (mostly rubbish but including Roman and Early Saxon sherds plus two spearhead fragments, one knife fragment and one Roman coin.
One ferrule found by A. Rogerson (NLA), having been thrown away into a hedge by illegal metal detecting operations.
See (S1) in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 25 February 1997.

See NHER 35187 and NHER 35188.
J. Allen (NLA), 16 May 2000.

April to May 2000. Metal detecting.
Early Saxon cruciform brooch.
See further description in file.
K. Hinds (NLA), 22 June 2000.

2003 to 2003. Metal detecting. Area extended to whole field.
One Roman, one medieval and three post medieval coins.
Two Early Saxon objects including a very important sword scabbard chape.
Medieval, post medieval and undatable metal objects.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 22 January 2004.

October 2004.
See Notes.

2002 to 2003. Metal detecting.
Roman, Early Saxon (S4 and S5, medieval and post medieval metal objects.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 17 March 2005.

Before 11 February 2005. Metal detecting.
Eight Roman coins (of which five are not Roman period but almost certainly modern losses).
One post medieval coin and two post medieval jettons.
Medieval buckle.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 20 July 2005.

Before 31 January 2005. Metal detecting. Site extended [2].
Two Roman and one post medieval coin.
Medieval and post medieval metal objects.
See lists and (S2) in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 5 March 2007.

Autumn 2005.
Area around this site has been planted with trees as part of the Trafalgar Wood Project, but with the area of NHER 32340 left unplanted so as to form a small glade in due course. Area due to be weeded autumn 2006.
Information from (S3).
D. Gurney (NLA), 26 September 2006.

Before 6 August 2008. Metal Detecting.
Roman and medieval pottery sherds recovered. An Early Saxon wrist clasp, a medieval thimble and a possible post- medieval lead weight were also found, along with a medieval coin.
See list in file
H White (NLA) 17 November 2008

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WEIGHT (Unknown date)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HAIR PIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • FERRULE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • KNIFE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SCABBARD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SHIELD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SPEAR (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SLEEVE CLASP (Early Saxon - 500 AD to 599 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CAULDRON (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • EWER (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HARNESS PENDANT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SPINDLE WHORL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP END (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • THIMBLE (15th Century to 16th Century - 1450 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CAULDRON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • JETTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • KNIFE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VESSEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VESSEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WEIGHT? (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE
  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: 2001. Finds Illustration.
---Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
---Photograph: I & RS. Digital finds image.
---Unpublished Document: Gledson, R.. 2004. Letter from Richard Gledson.
---Photograph: 2004. KVB 11-13, Early Saxon sword chap..
---Photograph: 2004. KVB 14-15, Early Saxon small long brooch..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Drawing: Unknown. Sketch plan of finds site. Film.
<S2>Map: Finder's Map..
<S3>*Verbal Communication: 2006. Gledson, R..
<S4>Illustration: Gibbons, J.. 2003. Drawing of an Early Saxon copper alloy cruciform brooch.. Film. 2:1.
<S5>Illustration: White, S.. 2004. Drawing of an Early Saxon sword-scabbard chape.. Film. 2:1.

Related records

35187Parent of: Early Saxon brooch (Find Spot)
35188Parent of: Early Saxon grave goods (Find Spot)

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