Record Details

NHER Number:34581
Type of record:Monument
Name:Saxon and medieval ditches, Ulph Place

Summary

A series of ditches has been excavated at this site, dating from the Middle Saxon to the medieval period. Middle, Late Saxon and medieval pottery was found during the excavation, as well as a hearth and a part of a Late Saxon wall, indicating that the site was occupied during the Late Saxon and early medieval period.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 8366 4224
Map Sheet:TF84SW
Parish:BURNHAM MARKET, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

July 1999. Trial Trenching.
Towards the western end of the site, excavations revealed medieval pits below later soils. To the rear of any 'urban' plots, excavation revealed a series of soils which had been cut through by a large east-west ditch and the remains of a possible wattle and daub structure. Finds recovered from these features included Middle Saxon, Late Saxon and early medieval pottery sherds, and pointed to a Late Saxon or early medieval date for these features, with Middle Saxon activity taking place nearby.
Trenches in the eastern part of the site revealed a series of soils, probably of Middle Saxon and later date. An extensive silty clay deposit is likely to be the result of freshwater flooding in the medieval period. No archaeological features were recorded in this part of the site.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S2).
E. Rose (NLA), 8 July 1999 and A. Cattermole (NLA), 30 April 2008.

June 2000. Excavation.
August, October and November 2000 and April 2001. Watching briefs. Contexts 500-665.
Features recorded included a probable wall footing, pits, ditches and post holes.
Late Saxon, early medieval and post medieval pottery sherds were recovered, as well as ceramic building material, animal bone and quantities of shell. Two residual Mesolithic/Neolithic worked flints were also found.
Several deposits of creamy yellow silt were excavated which may have been deposited during episodes of flooding, or may have been deliberately laid as a levelling surface.
See report (S3) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S4).
D. Gurney (NLA), 25 May 2001.

March 2002-February 2003. Watching Brief.
Observations of groundworks at Ulph Place generally confirmed earlier conclusions concerning the deposit sequence on the site, with natural gravels overlain in places by flood deposits (of possible medieval date), over which developed a coarse loamy soil. In one place, a rectangular clay lined pit of unknown date and function was recorded, sealed by the putative flood deposit.
See report (S3) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S4).
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2016.186).
M. Horlock (NLA), 11 March 2003. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 21 June 2019.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • HEARTH (Unknown date)
  • PIT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Mesolithic to Early Neolithic - 10000 BC to 3001 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • DITCH (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • DITCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DITCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POST HOLE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WALL (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRIQUETAGE (Undated)
  • QUERN (Undated)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • FLAKE (Early Mesolithic to Early Neolithic - 10000 BC to 3001 BC)
  • FLAKE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ECOFACTS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • NAIL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW GLASS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BOTTLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUTTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GUNFLINT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • LACE TAG (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • NAIL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SPOON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOBACCO PIPE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: 2000. JRS 14-17, 22-32.
---Photograph: NAU. JVV.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. 1999. Report on an Archaeological Evaluation at Ulph Place, Burnham Market. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 444.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2000. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1999. Norfolk Archaeology. XLIII Pt III pp 521-543. p 524.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Bates, S. 2001. Report on an Archaeological Excavation and Watching Brief at Ulph Place, Burnham Market, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 514.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2001. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 2000. Norfolk Archaeology. XLIII Pt IV pp 707-728. p 709.
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. & Percival, J. 2003. An Archaeological Watching Brief at Ulph Place, Burnham Market, 2002-2003. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 790.
<S6>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2003. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2002. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt II pp 368-384. p 370.

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