Record Details

NHER Number:29745
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Middle Saxon hearths at Church Lane


An archaeological evaluation in advance of new building recorded a number of undated pits. These have been interpreted as Middle Saxon hearths, pits or post medieval cess pits.

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Grid Reference:TF 7085 3649
Map Sheet:TF73NW

Full description

10-12 May 1993. Trial Trench.
Evaluation excavation in advance of building work. Contexts 1-24.
A north/south trench measuring 24m x 2m was laid out along the line of the proposed building with a 6m x 2m east/west extension from the northwest corner to examine a subsidiary wing. Topsoil overlay natural chalk, which was cut by numerous shallow pits. Dating evidence was rare but a single recent nail was recovered from one of the pits, indicating a very recent date for the pit group. Extensive metal detecting failed to recover anything of note.
Context 1 (topsoil) produced a single sherd of Roman greyware.
Context 12 (a fill of pit 10) produced a single unabraded sherd of Roman pottery.
See report (S1) for further details
M. Leah (NAU), 14 May 1993 and 17 May 1993. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 1 April 2015.

April 1994.
[1] reports that in passing the site after topsoil removed for development he found one Roman bowl sherd and saw in the section at the side 'Pits containing burnt Middle Saxon material, not pottery'.
Further details awaited.
E. Rose (NLA), 2 May 1994.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HEARTH (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • PIT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • CESS PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • NAIL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • NAIL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Leah, M. 1993. Excavations at Church Lane, Sedgeford, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 13.

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