Record Details

NHER Number:4360
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval earthworks and multi-period finds

Summary

This is the site of a medieval moat, which was visible as an earthwork until it was destroyed by ploughing in 1990. Medieval ridge and furrow and other linear earthworks are also visible on the site. An Iron Age coin, an Iron Age brooch, an Iron Age ram's head mount, Roman coins, a Roman brooch and medieval and post medieval coins and metalwork have been found by metal detecting. Pottery dating from the Roman to the post medieval periods has also been found.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF60NE
Parish:FINCHAM, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1 July 1976. Ordnance Survey air photography.
Earthworks of ditches and moat.
D. Voisey (NLA) 13 February 1995.

4 October 1978. NAU aerial photography.
Linear earthworks and moat.

Visited 6 August 1980.
Moat is small and rectangular, with a wooded island and external banks. The rest of the field has apparent ridge and furrow, and other mounds.
E. Rose (NAU) 6 August 1980.

April 1985. Digging holes for new electricity posts.
Finds of Roman, Late Saxon and medieval sherds.

October 1985. Metal detecting.
Iron Age silver coin.

November 1985. Metal detecting.
Small 13th century buckle.

Spring 1986. Metal detecting.
Roman brooch, medieval coins, French jettons, and a medieval harness pendant (S3).
See (S4) for further details.

1989. Metal detecting.
Iron Age brooch.
Iron Age copper alloy mount in the shape of a ram's head.
Roman brooch and two coins.
Medieval metalwork including buckles, a harness mount (S5), and a seal matrix depicting a tree, with a hound chasing a hare.
See (S6) for further details.

1990.
Moat destroyed by ploughing, see (S1).

See full details in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 26 July 1990.

(S2) in file suggests that the appearance and situation of the moat may indicate that it is a decoy.
R. J. Rickett (NAU) 6 March 1990.

Monument Types

  • SITE (Unknown date)
  • SITE (Unknown date)
  • EARTHWORK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RIDGE AND FURROW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FIGURINE (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • VESSEL (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HARNESS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOKEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: OS 76125 482.
---Aerial Photograph: OS 76-125-483.
---Aerial Photograph: OS 76-125-484.
---Monograph: Ashley, S. 2002. Medieval Armorial Horse Furniture in Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 101.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Fincham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Aerial Photograph: TF6806 A-AK.
<S2>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 60 NE 12.
<S3>Illustration: Ashley, S. 1986. Drawing of a medieval copper alloy horse harness pendant. Paper.
<S4>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S5>Illustration: Ashley, S. 1989. Drawing of a medieval copper alloy horse harness hount. Paper.
<S6>Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.

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