Record Details

NHER Number:31232
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Middle Saxon to medieval cemetery, Roman to post medieval objects


During the construction of houses on this site in 1995 a number of human bones, including two skulls, were recovered from this site. In 1996 a large amount of pottery sherds from the Roman, Middle Saxon, Late Saxon and medieval pottery sherds were discovered. Metal detecting on the site recovered a number of medieval and post medieval objects, as well as a Late Saxon 'box' mount and the head of a Middle Saxon bronze pin.

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Grid Reference:TF 9194 2344
Map Sheet:TF92SW

Full description

June 1995. In foundation trenches for new houses.
Human bones discovered by builders all over site, including two skulls.
Site visited and one complete inhumation, head to west, seen in side of trench. Around 1m deep, in grave cut around 0.40m into the natural orangy-brown boulder clay.
?Cemetery for St Mary's Church?
D. Gurney (NLA), 22 June 1995.

June 1995. Site metal-detected.
Negative results, apart from modern 'junk'.
D. Gurney (NLA), 10 July 1995.

12 and 14 February 1996. Two visits following report by [1] that much pottery was visible; 40 mins examination of weathered surface of spread soil in area very approx. 35 x 35m at [2].
No evidence that any soil had been imported.
One body sherd Roman grey.
Three body sherds sandy, two rims, one base and three body sherds pimply Middle Saxon Ipswich ware.
One jar rim, one ?bowl rim, one sagging base and seven body sherds Late Saxon Thetford-type.
One early medieval jar rim, two bowl rims, nineteen medieval unglazed.
Five glazed Grimston including very large base sherd.
One post medieval reduced glaze, one post medieval stoneware.
Lava quern fragment.
One medieval roofing tile fragment.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 16 February 1996.

January/February 1996. Metal detecting finds.
Two vessel rims, one with hole through flange. Medieval/early post medieval.
Late Saxon 'box' mount with cast possible double animal-head ornament. Apex and both lower corners and flange missing. Part of one hole at base. Considerable imperfections/flaws caused by miscasting, on front and reverse. (Now called stirrup mount).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 11 March 1996.

January 1996. Metal detector find.
Head of Middle Saxon bronze pin with trace of collar. 'Flattened' facetted. Ring and dots on all facets except topmost. Width and height of head 11mm, but width only 5mm.

March 1996. Metal detector finds.
Three body sherds pimply Middle Saxon Ipswich (including one large and fresh one weighing 74gm).
Three body sherds Late Saxon Thetford type (including one which might be medieval).
One body sherd medieval Glazed Grimston.
One body sherd post medieval reduced glazed.
Pottery in NCM.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 12 March 1996.

Some of the human remains found in 1996 may in fact date to the Middle to Late Saxon period, given that evaluations and an excavation in the same area recovered finds and features of Middle to Late Saxon date.
See NHER 40453 and NHER 44708 for further information.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 26 November 2009.

Monument Types

  • CEMETERY (Unknown date)
  • INHUMATION (Unknown date)
  • CEMETERY (Middle Saxon to Late Saxon - 651 AD? to 1065 AD?)
  • INHUMATION (Middle Saxon to Late Saxon - 651 AD? to 1065 AD?)
  • CEMETERY (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • INHUMATION (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • QUERN (Undated)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • BOX (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • STIRRUP (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VESSEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

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Related records

40453Related to: Middle Saxon cemetery and Middle to Late Saxon occupation (Monument)

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