Record Details

NHER Number:17797
Type of record:Monument
Name:Early Saxon cemetery


Metal detecting recovered parts of two Early Saxon brooches. The site has been interpreted as being an Early Saxon cemetery. A medieval seal matrix was also found. Fieldwalking as part of the Fenland Survey recovered pieces of medieval pottery but no further evidence for the Early Saxon cemetery.

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Map Sheet:TL69NW

Full description

1981. Found with metal detector north of Wood Hall Road.
Context 1 at above grid reference.
Bronze small-long square headed brooch, with remains of iron spring. Punched decoration. No footplate surviving, (S6).
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU), 2 December 1981.

March 1982.
Now part of KLM.

Early 1983. Found with metal detector.
Context 2 at 6266 9805.
Fragment of small-long brooch.
See (S1 and S2).

A. Rogerson (NAU) believes the whole field should be numbered as the two finds suggest a cemetery site.
E. Rose (NAU), 25 March 1983.

Early 1984. Found with metal detector. Location unknown within field.
Context 3.
Seal matrix, oval, lead or lead alloy, 2mm thick. No means of attachment, back plain.
See rubbing in file.
A. Rogerson (NAU), April 1984.

10 February 1987. Fenland fieldwalking well weathered soil. HLG A3.
Context 4.
General scatter. Odd medieval sherds, worked flint.
No concentrations and no Early Saxon material.
Information from [1] and [2].
See (S4).
R. Silvester (NAU), 10 February 1987.

For full details of wares, flint types etc see (S5).

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. HLG AI. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Unknown. 1983. Drawing of an Early Saxon small-long brooch fragment.. Film. 2:1.
<S2>Photograph: CKC 25-31, BZN 16-17.
<S4>Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52.
<S5>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S6>Illustration: Unknown. 1981. Drawing of an Early Saxon bronze small-long square headed brooch.. Film. 2:1.

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