Record Details

NHER Number:3326
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Iron Age torcs and multi-period finds

Summary

One complete Iron Age torc and a large number of Iron Age torc fragments have been found at this site. The complete torc was found during ploughing in 1941, with part of a second recovered in 1944. Metal detecting between 1987 and 1990 recovered over 140 fragments of twisted gold or silver alloy wire, most of which would have been part of torcs. One fragment may have been part of a bracelet. Iron Age, Middle Saxon and Late Saxon pottery sherds have also been found on the site, along with Roman, Middle Saxon, Late Saxon and medieval metalwork.

Images

  • A gold Iron Age torc found at Bawsey.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF62SE
Parish:BAWSEY, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1941. Stray find.
Iron Age electrum torc ploughed up.

1944.
Another electrum torc (this one incomplete), with Iron Age and Middle Saxon sherds.

1984. Metal detecting.
Middle Saxon to Late Saxon strap end (S1).

1987. Metal detecting.
Iron Age and Late Saxon metalwork (S2)-(S3).

1988. Metal detecting.
Roman and Middle Saxon metalwork and coins (S4)-(S5).

1989 to 1990. Metal detecting and excavation.
Sceatta and fragments of Iron Age torcs.
Full details, including site plans (S1), analyses (S2) and press cuttings (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NAU) 4 September 1990.

Part of large scatter [1].

April 2001. Site scheduled.
See file for NHER 3328.
D. Gurney (NLA) 23 January 2002.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon to 19th Century - 651 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FINGER RING (Undated)
  • BRACELET (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • TORC (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • TORC (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • TORC (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TOILET ARTICLE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • PIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • TWEEZERS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
---X-ray: X ray.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 62 SE 18 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1991. Bawsey find is treasure trove. 2 February.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1991. Torcs bring reward. 1 February.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1941-1942. [Articles on the torc found in 1941].
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1944. [Articles on the torc found in 1944].
---Unpublished Document: Northover, J.P.. Analysis of section of twisted wire torc from Bawsey, Norfolk.
---Unpublished Document: Northover, J.P.. Analysis of section of gold alloy wire from Bawsey, Norfolk.
---Article in Serial: Maryon. 1944. [unknown]. Antiquaries Journal. Vol XXIV, pp 149 - 151.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Iron Age. Bawsey.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Article in Serial: Sealey, P. R. 1979. The Later History of Icenian Electrum Torcs. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol 45 pp 165-178.
---Photograph: CSF 1-5, EDW 1-6, EDT 24-27, EUN 21-2, FHH 17-22; GYH 9-10.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1995. Finds at Bawsey's deserted village. 9 June.
<aS1>Map: Finder's Map..
<S1>Illustration: Penn, K. 1988. Drawing of an Middle/Late Saxon copper alloy strap end with ?niello inlay. Paper. 2:1.
<aS2>Unpublished Document: Rogerson, A.. 1989. Torc wire fragments from Bawsey, Norfolk, 1989.
<S2>Illustration: Penn, K. 1988. Drawing of ?Late Saxon copper alloy ?tweezers. Paper. 2:1.
<aS3>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1989. Metal detector finds are treasure trove. 19 December.
<S3>Illustration: Penn, K. 1988. Drawing of Late Saxon copper alloy strap end terminal. Paper. 2:1.
<S4>Illustration: Penn, K. 1988. Drawing of Middle Saxon copper alloy pins. Paper. 2:1.
<S5>Illustration: Penn, K. 1988. Drawing of a Middle Saxon copper alloy pin. Paper. 2:1.

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