Record Details

NHER Number:15907
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period finds


Metal detecting in 1970 recovered a medieval copper alloy seal, decorated with a lion and the legend in French for 'the lion sleeps, do not wake him'. Roman, Saxon, medieval and post medieval pottery fragments have also been found in the area.

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Grid Reference:TL 95 87
Map Sheet:TL98NE

Full description

1970. Metal detecting. Bronze circular seal.
Central device shows a lion with the tail curled up underneath it.
The legend reads + LE LION DORT NE LUI EIVEILET (the lion sleeps do not wake him up). 13th to 14th century.
Identified by British Museum (Medieval and Later Archaeology).
See (S1).
J. Hassall, January 1980.

Field around grid reference.
Roman sherd, Ipswich sherd, St.Neots rim sherd, unglazed medieval sherd, few post medieval sherds.
See (S2). Location and identifier of material unknown.
E. Rose (NAU), 7 June 1982.

Finds said by informant on 25 June 1978 to have been identified by A. Rogerson (NAU), and given to NCM in 1978.

Spring 1982.
After ploughing, two medieval unglazed sherds and one 16th century green glazed sherd.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU), 26 July 1982.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon to 19th Century - 651 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Article in Serial: Margeson, S. 1985. 14th-century Seal-Dies from Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXIX Pt II pp 218-220.
<S2>Article in Monograph: Cushion, B., Fenner, G. and Davison, A. 1982. Some Deserted Village Sites in Norfolk: III. Roudham. Trowse, Horning, Deserted Medieval Villages,Kings Lynn. East Anglian Archaeology No 14. pp 48-59. p 59.

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