Record Details

NHER Number:3970
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman settlement and Early Saxon inhumation


The skeleton of an Early Saxon man was found near Narford Hall in 1939. The man was buried with a spear and a shield, and the iron spearhead and shield boss were recovered from the grave. Fragments of Roman pottery have been found on the site, leading to the suggestion that this is also the site of a Roman settlement.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7704 1406
Map Sheet:TF71SE

Full description

March 1939. 1/4 mile northeast of Hall.
Skeleton: skull to south found 61cm (2') down iron spearhead, shield boss, found on Roman settlement.
See (S1) to (S4).
(S5) by R.R. Clarke (NCM).

(S6) has 'Roman ware on surface'.
E. Rose (NAU)

Copies of (S1) in file.

Articles missing from file.
J. Yates (NLA), 12 November 2010.

Monument Types

  • SETTLEMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SHIELD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SPEAR (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1940. Norfolk in the Dark Ages, 400-800 A.D., Part II. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt II pp 215-249. p 247.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 71 SE 10.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Early Saxon. Narford.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Lynn News and Advertiser. 1939. A Saxon warrior - 13000-years-old skeleton found at Narford. 10 March.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1939. [unknown]. March.
<S4>Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. and Myres, J. N. L. 1939. Norfolk in the Dark Ages, 400-800 A.D., Part I. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII, Pt II pp 163- 214. p 178.
<S5>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S6>Map: NCM. NCM Record Map.

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