Record Details

NHER Number:29134
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Early Saxon mount and multi-period finds


An unusual example of an Early Saxon mount in the form of a stylised fish, with interlaced decoration, found by metal detecting in 2005. Metal detecting and fieldwalking on the site have also recovered a prehistoric flint flake, a Neolithic arrowhead, an Early Saxon buckle, a Late Saxon stirrup mount, and medieval coins.


  • An unusual Early Saxon mount in the shape of a stylised fish  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • Early Saxon mount from NHER 29134  © Norfolk County Council


Grid Reference:TF 98 35
Map Sheet:TF93NE

Full description

1st half 1992. Field 50.
Probable triangular projectile point with hollow base, one 'barb' broken. Brown flint with grey patina (43x33x6mm) Neolithic.
1 part cortical flake with secondary working at distal end to give narrow scraper like nosed end.
Identified by P. Robins (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NAU).

Before 12 October 2005. Metal detecting.
Remarkable zoomorphic Early Saxon shield mount.
See (S1-2).
Late Saxon stirrup strap mount.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 8 November 2005.

Before 9 November 2005. Metal detecting.
Early Saxon buckle.
See description in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 14 December 2005.

Before 22 December 2005. Metal detecting.
One medieval coin.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 20 January 2006.

Before 16 March 2006. Metal detecting.
Seven medieval coins including a Stephen and a Tealby.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 27 April 2006.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • ARROWHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • BUCKLE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SHIELD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • STIRRUP (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
---Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
---Photograph: I & RS. Digital finds image.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Illustration: J. Gibbons. 2005. Drawing of an early Saxon shield mount. Film. 2:1.
<S1>Correspondence: Dickinson, T.. 2005. Email. 19 & 21 December.
<S2>Article in Serial: Dickenson, T., Ashley, S. and Penn, K. 2011. A zoomorphic shield mount from Hindringham, Norfolk. Medieval Archaeology. Vol LV pp 277-281.

Related records - none

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