Record Details

NHER Number:23146
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Concentration of medieval and Late Saxon pottery sherds, Late Saxon Ringerike finial


Fieldwalking in 1986 by the Fenland Survey recovered a general scatter of medieval pottery sherds, also one Middle Saxon Ipswich ware sherd and four Late Saxon sherds. Two concentrations of medieval pottery sherds, bone and shell fragments were also noted, along with some Middle Saxon and many Late Saxon pottery sherds. Metal detecting in 1990 discovered a Late Saxon 'Ringerike' style animal head finial.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 59 15
Map Sheet:TF51NE

Full description

1 December 1986. Well weathered soil, young cereal. [1].
Context 1: general scatter. Odd medieval sherds, also oen Middle Saxon Ipswich ware sherd at 5920 1543. Also four Late Saxon sherds. WMV BS (S1)
Context 2: at [2]. Concentration of moderate medieval pot and shell bone sparse to moderate. post medieval material moderate to abundant. Just to south of slight ridge, probably extension of bank on other side of Great Ouse, marking original north bank of river before the Eau Brink cut. Also four Middle Saxon, much Late Saxon. 70m northwest to southeast x 40m northeast to southwest at 2.4m OD. WMV 25 (S2).
Context 3: at [3]. Concentration of medieval pottery sparse to moderate. Bone and shell both sparse. Post medieval rubbish quite common. 35m north to south x 25m east to west at 2.7m OD. WMV 26 (S3).
For full details of wares, flint types etc see Fenland Folders (S4).
R. Silvester (NAU).

1990. Found with metal detector at Context 2:
Late Saxon 'Ringerike' style animal head finial with hollow slot in base; animal head is backwards turning with mane of tendrils.
Photographed (S5).
In NCM [4].
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 25 October 1990

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • BOX (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FURNITURE FITTING (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • PERSONAL ORNAMENT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • 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.
<S1>*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WMV BS. FENS. WMV BS.
<S2>*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WMV 25. FENS. WMV 25.
<S3>*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WMV 26. FENS. WMV 26.
<S5>Photograph: FTE 11-14.

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