Record Details

NHER Number:20516
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Roman cosmetic palette from garden of 3 Nursery Lane


A Roman cosmetic palette or mortar with a bull's head at one end and a bird's head at the other. This example is the probably the largest and most elaborate cosmetic palette recorded in the country.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 7380 8801
Map Sheet:TL78NW

Full description

1976. Garden of 'Newhaven' (now No 3) Nursery Lane, Wilton.
At depth of 7.6cm to 10cm (3 to 4").
Grooved pendant (crescentic palette) with central loop with bird and bovine terminals. Largest and most elaborate of type recorded.
See (S1).

Finder, in letter to British Museum, describes his garden as 'backing onto the Roman site'. No finds behind house known to NCM/NAU.
Information from Ralph Jackson, BM (PRBA).
House no longer known as Newhaven, now 3 Nursery Lane.
House shown, but not named on OS 1:2500 map.
See (S2).
E. Rose (NAU) 6 July 1984.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • PALETTE (COSMETIC) (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PENDANT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Article in Serial: Jackson, R.. 1985. Cosmetic sets from Late Iron Age and Roman Britain.. Britannia. Vol XVI. pp 165-192.
<S1>Article in Serial: Trett, R. 1983. Roman Bronze 'Grooved Pendants' from East Anglia. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVIII Pt III pp 219-234. pp 219-220, 232.

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