Record Details

NHER Number:1562
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman saltern site and pottery finds


A Roman period saltern site is visible as an amorphous cropmark on 1946 and 1974 aerial photographs. An excavation of part of the saltern mound in 1955 recovered Roman pottery fragments and kiln furniture.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6611 3019
Map Sheet:TF63SE

Full description

June to August 1955.
Excavation of southeast portion of natural mound in marshes; probably a Roman salt boiling site.
Pottery and firebars at level of burnt clay.
Fragments of clay fire bars with grass impressions, fragment of hone, rim sherd of Samian ware, sherd of grey ware comb decoration and six other sherds of grey ware, sherd of red ware (late 1st century AD).
York Cottage Museum, Sandringham 1955.
Roman pottery found in close packed soil above furnace, fire bars at lowest levels all broken and lying in disorder.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Grid reference is TF 6621 3016 but site is plotted at 6612 3016 on our map.
TF 6612 3016 is correct. E. Rose (NAU).
R. J. Rickett (NAU), 1 March 1990.

See photographs in file.

August 2001. Norfolk NMP.
This is actually only the eastern side of a relatively large, sub-rounded mound with an east to west length of 150m and a width of 90m (S1 and S2). The site appears as several large amorphous light-coloured or parched areas. The western side is recorded as NHER 1593. The size of the site would suggest a relatively long period of occupation and salt production, albeit on a possible seasonal or temporary basis.
M. Brennand (NMP), 10 August 2001.

Monument Types

  • FURNACE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • MOUND (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SALT WORKS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SALTERN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • KILN FURNITURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • WHETSTONE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: 1956. [unknown]. Journal of Roman Studies. Vol XLVI, p 138. p 138.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Serial: 1955. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries. No 2. p 7.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Sandringham.
---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1956. Norfolk Research Committee Excavations, 1955. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 1 No 8 (for 1955) p 1.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Aerial Photograph: RAF. RAF 106G/UK/1427 4059 16-APR-1946 (SMR TF 6630B).
<S2>Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1974. SMR TF 6530A (NLA 2/AAW45) 14-JUL-1974.

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