Record Details

NHER Number:35382
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval hearth and pits and multi-period finds

Summary

An evaluation excavation in 2000 uncovered a medieval hearth and three medieval pits. The contents of the pits included oyster shells, pottery and tiles. It is possible that the pits were used to dispose of domestic waste, but as there is no evidence of nearby medieval habitation, it might be that they were water filled and used for the temporary storage of shellfish.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 8450 4434
Map Sheet:TF84SW
Parish:BURNHAM OVERY, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

May 2000. Desk-based Assessment.
Assessment of proposed development site.
See report (S1) for further details.
D. Gurney, (NLA) 18 August 2000.

July 2000. Trial Trench.
No evidence of wharfs or quay side structure. The trench did however reveal three relatively substantial pits and a hearth; all of probable 13th- or 14th-century date. The nature of the finds assemblages within the pits suggested that they may have been storage features, possibly water-filled 'oyster pits' used to store shellfish.
The only other find of note was a single Mesolithic or Neolithic retouched flint flake.
See report (S2) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S3).
D. Gurney, (NLA) 21 August 2000. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 15 December 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 10000 BC? to 2351 BC?)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • HEARTH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Associated Finds

  • OYSTER SHELL (Undated)
  • RETOUCHED FLAKE (Early Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 10000 BC? to 2351 BC?)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Hall, N. 2000. Norfolk House, Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk. An Archaeological Desk Based Survey. RPS Consultants.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Masefield, R. 2000. Norfolk House, Burnham Overy Staithe. An Archaeological Evaluation. RPS Consultants.
<S3>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 710.

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