Record Details

NHER Number:11304
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Mesolithic and Neolithic worked flints and ?Roman and Early Saxon metal objects

Summary

Fieldwalking here sometime prior to 1975 identified a scatter of Roman pottery. A number of Mesolithic and Neolithic worked flints were also recovered. Subsequent metal detecting in 1987 retrieved a Saxon cruciform brooch and an iron socketed spearhead of probable Roman date from the same area.

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Location

Grid Reference:TF 70 40
Map Sheet:TF74SW
Parish:RINGSTEAD, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Pre 1975. Fieldwalking.
Fieldwalking by H. le Strange (le Strange Field RN 100/old O.S field 100).
It appears that le Strange recovered a range of artefacts in this field, including an assemblage of Mesolithic worked flints. These flints are held le Strange finds listed in (S1) as being held by the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Although they are recorded as unprovenanced in (S1) it is noted in R. Jacobi's archive (S2) that they were found at "R.N. 100" - which is clearly a reference to this field. The assemblage is listed in (S1) as comprising:
1 flaked axehead (non-tranchet). Noted in (S2) as the butt of a plano-convex section axe.
2 cores.
1 blade/flake. Listed as a flake in (S2).
4 scrapers.
1 microlith. Listed as a narrow scalene microlith in (S2). This piece is illustrated in (S3).
It is noted in (S2) that the CUMAA collection also includes a Neolithic laurel leaf.

According to an old NCM record map (S4) le Strange also identified a Roman pottery scatter in this field. The sherds that he recovered included two sherds of late colour coated.

In 1999 a number of le Strange's finds were accessioned by the Norwich Castle Museum, including a number from this site (NWHCM : 1999.326.5.4). This assemblage is listed in the museum's records as including Neolithic worked flints and Roman pottery sherds.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 20 December 2013.

June 1987. Metal detecting (probably). Context 2 at location [1].
Two objects found together:
1 Early Saxon cruciform small long brooch, 4.3cm long x 2.4cm wide, bronze. See copy of sketch in file.
1 iron socketed spearhead, 18cm length, maximum width 3.5cm, socket diameter 1cm. Smaller than Saxon and medieval examples in KLM, in size nearer Roman types.
E. M. James (KLM) 15 September 1987.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CORE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FLAKE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FLAKED AXEHEAD (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • MICROLITH (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • LAUREL LEAF (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SPEAR (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Monograph: Wymer, J. J. and Bonsall, C. J. (eds). 1977. Gazetteer of Mesolithic Sites in England and Wales with a Gazetteer of Upper Palaeolithic Sites in England and Wales. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. No. 20. p 211.
<S2>Archive: R. Jacobi. -. Jacobi Archive. 10327.
<S3>Article in Serial: Le Strange, H. 1968. A Collection of Flint Implements from the Hunstanton District. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Vol LXI pp 1-7. p 5; Fig 3.2.
<S4>Map: NCM. NCM Record Map.

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