Record Details

NHER Number:46
Type of record:Monument
Name:Late Saxon pits and burial, medieval building


In 1958 during the construction of the new Bishop's house eight Late Saxon refuse pits containing many Saxon pottery sherds were discovered. Also recorded was a human burial, probably dating to the 11th to 13th century, sealed beneath a medieval or Tudor building layer.

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Grid Reference:TG 2352 0904
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

October 1958. Field Observation.
Observation of groundworks associated with construction of new bishop's house within Bishop's Palace Garden.
Eight Late Saxon refuse pits containing two sherds of handmade Early Saxon pottery and much Late Saxon ware.
Human burial west-to-east in Pit I, probably dating 11th-13th centuries, sealed beneath medieval building layer and robber trenches for small rectangular medieval or Tudor building (moulded brick).
Also medieval pottery. One 11th century 'Early Medieval Ware' sherd. [1]
Compiled by R. R. Clarke and D. R. Howlett (NCM).
Information from (S1) and (S2). The results of this work are summarised in (S3) and (S4) and the pottery from this site is amongst the material considered in (S5).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 19 August 2019.

Monument Types

  • PIT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BURIAL (Late Saxon to 14th Century - 1000 AD to 1400 AD)
  • BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
<S2>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 255; TG 20 NW 259.
<S3>Serial: 1958. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries. Vol 5. p 4.
<S4>Article in Serial: Wilson, D. M. and Hurst, J. G. 1960. Medieval Britain in 1958. Medieval Archaeology. Vol III (for 1959) pp 295-326. p 298.
<S5>Monograph: Jennings, S. 1981. Eighteen Centuries of Pottery from Norwich. East Anglian Archaeology. No 13.

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