Record Details

NHER Number:11200
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman inhumation burial


A Roman inhumation burial was uncovered in 1837, consisting of an oak coffin containing human bones, a Roman dish and other pottery. In the soil above the burial were ox, sheep and goat bones and a stone quern.

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On Mr Palmer's Farm.
Tithe map (checked by E. Rose (NAU), September 1979) indicates this was the house, county number NHER 13119 at TG 0938 2805, and the fields owned were those immediately south and east of it. Some pits marked by Ordnance Survey.

At bottom of pit. Roman inhumation burial.
Oak coffin containing human bones with Samian dish with flat rim 19.7 cm (7 3/4 inches) in diameter. Stamped SAIILVS (Haverfield suggests Satinus of Rheinzabern 140 to 180 AD, found on f31 at Litlington). Also coarsewares; many ox bones above burial and shank bones of sheep and goats tied in bundles. Breccia quern.

(S1) says there were sixty ox skulls, sixty sheep, and some goats; and specifies that the coffin was of oak planks.
See references by R. R. Clarke (NCM), not checked; (S2),(S3),(S4),(S5) and (S6).

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COFFIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • QUERN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 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 - Roman. Wood Dalling.
<S1>Serial: Bryant, T. H.. 1898-1915. The Churches of Norfolk. Vols 1-19. Vols 1-19..
<S2>Serial: December 184. Gentlemen's Magazine. Gentlemen's Magazine. Vol II, p 643.
<S3>Article in Serial: 1873. [unknown]. C.I.L.. Vol VII, 299 No 1377. p 299; No 1377.
<S4>Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. p 322.
<S5>Documentary Source: Various. Drawings, engravings and etchings, including numerous portraits, maps, etc, collected by Dawson Turner to illustrate Blomefield's "History of Norfolk" 1810-1847. Add MS 23024-23052. Vol XXVI f.26 (Add MS 23049).
<S6>Publication: Rolfe. 1889. Norfolk Illust..

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