Record Details

NHER Number:17027
Type of record:Monument
Name:Saxo-Norman linear feature and multi-period finds


A pottery kiln bar of unknown date, and fragments of Late Saxon and medieval pottery found in the late 1970s and 1980s. An evaluation in 2007 revealed a single linear feature containing Saxo-Norman pottery and animal bone, indicating domestic activity somewhere nearby.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6842 3780
Map Sheet:TF63NE

Full description

1977. Surface find while gardening.
Unidentified pottery object, kiln bar?, tapering circular sectioned rod. Both ends broken. Maximum diameter 29mm, minimum diameter 22m, length 80mm. Dull orange fabric with profuse angular grits. Smoothed surface with slightly pimply feel. Either partially sooted or reduced.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU), February 1981.

1982. Context 2 at TF 6844 3779 within limited area of rabbit scrapings.
2 sherds glazed Grimston including sagging base.
3 unglazed sherds probably medieval.
1 medieval? Sherd oxidised with external off white slip.

1982. Same site as before, northern part of area. Context 3.
Rim sherd of Thetford type ware.
Rim of Thetford type inturned bowl.
Bodysherd of large Thetford type vessel, probably storage jar.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU), 13 September 1982.

September 2007. Trial Trenching.
Excavation of single trench within footprint of proposed house.
A single linear feature running NNW- SSE was revealed. This dated from the Saxo-Norman period and was probably a property boundary. 9th to 11th century finds were also recovered, including pottery and animal bone, indicating domestic activity in the vicinity.
See report (S1) for further details.
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2016.318).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 21 November 2007. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 23 June 2019.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • BOUNDARY DITCH? (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1099 AD)
  • BOUNDARY? (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1099 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1099 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • KILN FURNITURE (Undated)
  • POT (Undated)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Peachey, M. 2007. Archaeological Evaluation. Land at 7 Ringstead Road, Heacham, Norfolk. Archaeological Project Services. 121/07.

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