Record Details

NHER Number:20443
Type of record:Monument
Name:Multi period finds and linear cropmarks


Fieldwalking in 1983 and 1988 uncovered a range of multi period finds including flints,a piece of Ipswich Ware, Roman pottery and medieval tiles. Aerial photography (1986) identified rectangular and linear cropmarks, while subsequent metal detecting (1996) found a Bronze Age copper alloy axehead.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 70 12
Map Sheet:TF71SW

Full description

Winter 1983-4. Context 2 centred at grid ref. Location along spur of high ground just southeast of Pentney Abbey, a small island in the river valley adjoining the island that the Abbey stands on. Finds made from the surface of field covered with well-grown crops, over poorly-defined area (about 500 x 200m). General spread, but concentration at west end.
A good spread of Roman greyware (mainly Nar valley), sherds of Nene Valley colour-coated, fired daub fragments, fragments of flue tiles and mortared flint.
Information from [1] (finds not seen NAU or NCM).
Note that [2] has told [1] of coins coming off this site, including coin hoards but this may not be reliable information.
A. Gregory (NAU) 4 June 1984.

26 January 1988. Over area of context 2 and the rest of the field. Fenland fieldwalking in very good conditions with well weathered rolled soil.
Context 1 contained a general background scatter of flints across the field, including a couple of places where small groups of four or five were found in limited area, also a few prehistoric sherds and one piece of Ipswich ware. No trace of finds such as described under context 2. NCM ex [3].
R.Silvester (NAU) 26 January 1988.

Later, some context 1 finds were identified and these included two Roman sherds and some medieval tile.
See (S1) for full details of wares, flint types etc.

18 July 1986. NAU aerial photography.
Rectangular and linear cropmarks identified.
D. Edwards (NAU).

June 1996. Metal detecting find at [4].
The cutting edge of an Early Bronze Age flat axe, widely flaring, was recovered, (S2).
A. Rogerson (NLA) 9 July 1996.

Monument Types

  • LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • SITE (Unknown date)
  • BUILDING (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAT AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FLUE TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF7012 ABD-ABF,ABH-ABK.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. PEN AL. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Illustration: Ashley, S.. 1996. Drawing of the cutting edge of an Early Bronze Age flat axe.. Film. 2:1.

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