Record Details

NHER Number:1781
Type of record:Monument
Name:Early Saxon inhumation cemetery (poorly located)


In the early 18th century a number of inhumations were discovered, with amber and glass beads, iron spearheads and other finds. The site has been interpreted as an Early Saxon inhumation cemetery. The exact location of the site is unknown, although it may be the same site as a Bronze Age round barrow, see NHER 1780.

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Full description

Pre July 1722. Anglian inhumation cemetery found.
See (S1) for 18 July 1722: 'Letter from Mr Jo. Hare giving account that lately at Holkham, Norfolk, in digging in the side of a hill they found many corpses with many beads like amber as big as a hazelnut, more of the size of a pea of blue, green, and white glass - pierced through in order to be strung, some spearheads of iron some pieces of brass etc'.
R.R. Clarke (NCM) gives also the other sources below (not checked).
The location of the site is not known but it could quite possibly be the same site as NHER 1780.
Card redone from (S2) and (S3) by E. Rose (NAU) and S. Ashley (NAU) March 1983.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • INHUMATION CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BEAD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BEAD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SPEAR (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. p 337.
---Article in Monograph: Sainty, J. E. 1935. Norfolk Prehistory. Report of the Annual Meeting, 1935. Norwich, September 4-11. British Association for the Advancement of Science. Appendix pp 60-71. p 70.
---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1940. Norfolk in the Dark Ages, 400-800 A.D., Part II. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt II pp 215-249. p 238.
---Monograph: Brown, G. B. 1915. Saxon Art and Industry in the Pagan Period. The Arts in Early England. Vol IV.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 84 SE 6 [3].
---Monograph: Camden, W.. 1977. Britannia.. Vol II. Translated by R. Gough from the 1789 edition..
---Publication: 1847. Society of Antiquaries Catalogue of Antiquities. p 20.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Early Saxon. Holkham.
<S1>Unpublished Document: 1722. Minute book of Society of Antiquaries. 18 July.
<S2>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S3>Article in Serial: Pocock, M. 1972. A Drawing by William Stukeley of Early Anglo-Saxon Brooches Discovered at Holkham, Norfolk. Antiquaries Journal. Vol LII, pp 188-191. p 188.

Related records

1780Related to: Bronze Age round barrow, Howe Hill (Monument)

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