Record Details

NHER Number:1311
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman cremation and urn


A Roman urn containing a human cremation was found during ploughing in 1948.

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Grid Reference:TF 7474 4361
Map Sheet:TF74SW

Full description

1948. Stray Find.
Ploughing 16" [40cm] deep in field 0.25 mile east of village and 80 to 90yds [73-82m] north of main road:
Top knocked off large Roman jar standing vertically in ground with mouth uppermost, and base about 61cm (2') deep. Contained cremation. Pot repaired at NCM in 1949. See drawing (S1).
Site subsequently investigated by [1].
Information from (S1). This discovery was also reported in the local press; being described as a 'bowl' in (S2) and as probably dating to the 1st to 2nd century in (S3). It is also the subject of a short published report (S4).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 18 February 2018.

Monument Types

  • CREMATION (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BURIAL URN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • JAR (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 74 SW 4.
---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. Thornham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Illustration: [Unknown]. 1949. Drawing of a Roman pottery jar (found to contain cremation). Card. 1:1.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Lynn Advertiser. 1948. [unknown]. 20 November.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1948. [unknown]. 27 November.
<S4>Article in Monograph: Gregory, T. 1986. Appendix. Thornham: An Iron Age Linch-Pin and a Romano British Cremation from Thornham. Excavations at Thornham, Warham, Wighton and Caistor St. Edmund, Norfolk. Gregory, T. and Gurney, D.. EAA No 30 pp 36.

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