Record Details

NHER Number:30318
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Roman hair pin, medieval key

Summary

Metal detecting in 2000 recovered a Roman hair pin and a medieval copper alloy key, thought to date to the 14th to 15th centuries. Cropmarks recorded on aerial photographs from 1989 have since been re-analysed under NHER 38893.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 25069 35468
Map Sheet:TG23NE
Parish:THORPE MARKET, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

THE CROPMARKS DESCRIBED BELOW ARE NOW RECORDED AS NHER 38893.

July 1989. NAU aerial photography.
Linear cropmarks.
D. Edwards (NAU).

February to March 2000. Metal detecting. [1].
?Roman possible hairpin. The object has a rounded conical head above a narrow waist, with a disc below. Below the disc is a circular-section shaft which ends at a corroded ?break. It is not dissimilar to one of Cool's Group Two ('knob on cordon' heads) but the 'cordon' is very sharp. It also reminds me of a small drawer handle, with the 'cordon' there to prevent the shaft being driven too far into the wood.
Medieval Incomplete copper alloy key of LMMC (Late Medieval Metal Corpus) Type VI (S1). The openwork bow is largely missing, but was probably lozenge shaped with a central ?cross shape and circles in the angles of the cross. The bow is hollow and the bit is chunky with deep cuts. These are dated by LMMC to the 14th or 15th century.
Identifications by H. Geake (NCM).
K. Hinds (NLA), 13 April 2000.

January-March 2017. Metal-detecting. Site extended to the whole field. [2].
IND27032017JS - PAS details to follow.
H. Mellor (HES), 20 July 2017.

Monument Types

  • LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HAIR PIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1989. NHER TG 2535A-B (NLA 236/DWL2-3) 11-JUL-1989.
<S1>Publication: LMMC. Type I.

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