Record Details

NHER Number:3556
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Unprovenanced prehistoric and undated finds (Congham, poorly located)

Summary

Various prehistoric objects found in Congham during the late 19th century and early 20th century, but with no additional information regarding provenance. These finds include a Mesolithic or later pebble macehead and a possible mortar.

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Location

Parish:CONGHAM, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Various prehistoric objects found in Congham during the late 19th century and early 20th century, but with no additional information regarding provenance.

1854. Stray Find.
In around 1854 a stone hammer and a bowl or mortar were found by a Mr Elwes of Congham. A sketch of these items was exhibited at a meeting of the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society in the September of that year (S1). The bowl/mortar was previously recorded as NHER 3557. According to (S2) the "stone hammer" is probably that same object as a perforated quartzite pebble macehead (6" wide) that was mentioned by Evans in 1897 (S3). These objects are not closely datable, having been found in both Mesolithic and later prehistoric contexts. At the time Evans was writing the macehead was in the Fitch Collection. It is therefore likely that this object was amongst the items subsequently bequeathed to the Norwich Castle Museum, although it is not possible to identify it in the museum's records. The accession number listed on (S2) (NWHCM : 1894.76.841) is incorrect, this being a large Neolithic hammer from Longham.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 8 December 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Mesolithic to Early Bronze Age - 10000 BC to 1501 BC)

Associated Finds

  • MORTAR (VESSEL)? (Unknown date)
  • PEBBLE MACE (Early Mesolithic to Early Bronze Age - 10000 BC to 1501 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 SW 1 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Article in Serial: Rankine, W. F. 1951. Quartzite pebble maceheads with hour-glass perforation, their distribution in England. Archaeological Newsletter. Vol 4 No 4 pp 53-55.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Congham - NHER 3557.
<S1>Article in Serial: 1872. Appendix. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Committee. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VII pp 349-374. p 354.
<S2>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic.
<S3>Publication: Evans, J. 1897. The Ancient Stone Implements, Weapons and Ornaments of Great Britain. 2nd Edition. p 229.

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