Record Details

NHER Number:37134
Type of record:Monument
Name:Probable Roman settlement at Beach Road


In 2002 archaeological investigations ahead of the construction of an outdoor riding school uncovered evidence for a probable Roman settlement. Roman pottery and building material gathered from the topsoil and subsoil suggests that there was a settlement on the site or close by during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. A deposit containing Roman pottery, metalworking debris and other material may have been a dump or, as part of it filled a possible post hole or beam slot, material located within a building.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6990 4344
Map Sheet:TF64SE

Full description

April 2002. Watching Brief and Strip Map and Sample Excavation.
A watching brief/strip and excavate project was undertaken on an area being prepared for an outdoor riding school. Topsoil and subsoil left on the surface masked any features that may have been present.
A possible structural feature or dump of Roman date was identified in the section of a drainage trench.
In addition, finds from the stripped surface and field surface suggest the presence of a nearby late 2nd to early 3rd century AD settlement.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S2).
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2018.182 and NWHCM : 2018.276).
M. Horlock (NLA), 20 May 2002. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 15 April 2019.

Monument Types

  • BEAM SLOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POST HOLE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STRUCTURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • NAIL (Unknown date)
  • QUERN (Unknown date)
  • AMPHORA (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BOTTLE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HEARTHSTONE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TEGULA (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Tremlett, S. 2002. Report on an Archaeological Watching Brief/Strip and Excavate at Beach Road, Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 714.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2003. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2002. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt II pp 368-384. p 373.

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