Record Details

NHER Number:23883
Type of record:Monument
Name:Early Saxon cremation and inhumation burials (poorly located)


In late 1986 to early 1987 metal-detecting and digging at an unknown site in Swaffham recovered a number of Early Saxon cremation urns, which contained some burnt material and two tweezers. It was reported that an unknown number of Early Saxon inhumation burials were also recovered, with which a small silver hollow truncated pyramid was found. This was decorated with gold, garnet and niello inlay.

Images - none



Full description

Late 1986 - early 1987. Metal detecting and digging at an unknown site, said to be in the Swaffham area.
Cremation urns, contents include very few objects, burnt or unburnt - two tweezers, nothing else recorded. Two of these urns sold in 1987. Others being restored in August 1987 and will apear on market soon.
Also inhumation burials, and a silver hollow truncated pyramid with gold, garnet and niello inlay see sketch (S1) in file.
Two urns applied for export licence to Australia - British Museum negs M3811 and B318.
T. Gregory (NAU), 5 August 1987.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • PERSONAL ORNAMENT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • TWEEZERS (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 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>Illustration: [Unknown]. Sketch of an Early Saxon silver object. Paper. Not to scale.

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