Record Details

NHER Number:1424
Type of record:Monument
Name:Iron Age pits and multi-period finds


A series of Iron Age pits were excavated in 1954. The skeleton of a child and a pig were found together, as well as other human and animal remains, prehistoric flints and Iron Age and Roman pottery. Medieval pottery and a medieval strap fitting have also been found on the site.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6855 3741
Map Sheet:TF63NE

Full description

1951. South of Caley Mill.
Excavations produced pottery, animal bones and human remains.

October to November 1954.
Excavation (1424/c1) revealed 8 Iron Age refuse pits with pottery of 'A' tradition and flints.
(S1), (S2), (S3) and plans in file. (No plans found 2000; this is probably a mistake)

Bear included in NRC Bulletin (S4) was a mistake!
R.R. Clarke (NCM)

Early 1988. On building site.
Early Roman pottery (2 body sherds and 1 base) and 1 Glazed Grimston ware body sherd.
Identified by A. Gregory (NAU)
A. Rogerson (NAU) 26 April 1988.

Early 1988. Found with Roman and medieval sherd at same time (though not listed in above entry), found by [1].
Copper alloy sheet belt mount in form of quatrefoil with hollow underside and 2 iron rivets, later medieval.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 16 September 1996.

Monument Types

  • PIT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1955. The Early Iron Age Treasure from Snettisham, Norfolk. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol XX (for 1954) Pt 1 pp 27-86.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 63 NE 17.
---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 - Iron Age. Heacham.
---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1955. Norfolk Research Committee Excavations, 1954. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 1 No 7 (for 1954) p 1.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Lewton-Braine, C.H.. 1954. Excavation of Iron Age site at Caley Mill, Heacham, October to November 1954.
<S2>Photograph: Lewton-Braine, C.H.. 1954. Excavation photograph.
<S3>Correspondence: Lewton-Braine, C.H.. 1954. Letters to R.R. Clarke (NCM).
<S4>Serial: 1954. Council for British Archaeology Group VII Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries. No 1. p 2.

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