Record Details

NHER Number:1586
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman refuse pits and multi period finds

Summary

Ploughing here in 1952 unearthed Roman refuse pits filled with contemporary pottery sherds, roof tiles and shells. Metal detecting in the same area from 1992-2002 recovered numerous finds including two Neolithic flint scrapers, part of a Roman military belt mount and a fragment of a Saxon cruciform brooch. Further metal detecting in 2008 recovered three Roman coins.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 70 38
Map Sheet:TF73NW
Parish:RINGSTEAD, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

September 1952. Church Farm north of Glebe Belt (near Icknield Way) ploughed 41m (16in) deep.
Roman refuse pits with pottery, bone pin, two roof tiles, and shells, samian ware.
Finds held by NCM.
In (S1) called Heacham in error.
E. Rose (NAU/NLA).

Early 1992. Metal detector finds.
Collection of much Roman pottery.
Possible Early Saxon pottery.
Medieval roofing tile.
Early Saxon brooch.
Large pot mend.
Casting waste.
Medieval metalwork.
See list in file for full details.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 23 July 1992.

1994/1996. Metal detector finds.
Prehistoric flint scraper.
Roman, Iron Age or Early Saxon and medieval sherds.
Five Roman coins.
Roman vessel handle.
Early Saxon cruciform brooch.
Medieval, post medieval and undatable metal finds.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 1 June 1999.

Before 5 July 2002. Metal detecting.
Neolithic worked flint.
Roman coin.
Roman, ?Early Saxon and medieval sherds.
Roman, medieval and undatable metal finds.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 19 November 2002.

September- October 2008. Metal Detecting.
3 Roman coins.
See list in file
H White (NLA), 17 November 2008.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PIT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Undated)
  • POT (Undated)
  • POT (Undated)
  • WEIGHT (Unknown date)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • VESSEL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • VESSEL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 73 NW 3.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Photograph: JJC 17, Large Early Saxon cruciform brooch fragment..
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Ringstead.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1952. Traces of Roman settlement on Heacham farms. 7 November.

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