Record Details

NHER Number:3001
Type of record:Monument
Name:Undated human burials


In 1743 human bones from several individuals were found. One skull had green marks on it suggesting the presence of a copper alloy object. The discoveries may have been at this site, although it is thought more likely they were found at NHER 3000. It has been suggested the burials were Early Saxon in date, but this is not definite and their date is uncertain.

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Grid Reference:TG 046 199
Map Sheet:TG01NW

Full description

1743. Find.
Human skeletal remains were discovered while digging a ditch on Sparham Heath in 1743 (S2). While (S2) describes these remains as recent, (S1) notes that only the skeletons were extant. One skull had green stains on it, suggesting the presence of a copper alloy object. R. R. Clarke (S4) suggests two possible locations for this find, at NHER 3000 and NHER 3001. Comparisons between Faden's Map (S3) and plans in (S1) suggest that NHER 3000 is the more likely location (S6).
See transcription of (S2) in (S7) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 16 September 1980.

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Early Saxon. Sparham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office. 1772.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Norwich Mercury. 1743. [untitled].
<S3>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S4>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. pp 244-245.
<S5>Publication: Rye, W. 1916. Roman Camps and Remains in Norfolk. p 41.
<S6>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NAU). 1980. Site report.

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