Record Details

NHER Number:31374
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period finds

Summary

Metal detecting between 1995 and 1999 recovered a range of objects, including a Neolithic flint knife, a piece of Iron Age pottery and Roman coins, pottery fragments and an important black burnished mortarium fragment. Also found were medieval coins, pottery fragments, a seal matrix and a lead head of Christ from a figurine, and a post medieval seal matrix.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF92SE
Parish:NORTH ELMHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1995. Metal detecting by [1].
1) Roman pottery: Grey wares, three rims, two bases, two sherds, one samian sherd.
2) Medieval bronze vessel fragment.
3) Medieval bronze seal matrix, 14th century, circular, handle broken off, bird with a rabbit in its claws in centre. 'ALAS JE SV PRIS'.
4) ?Medieval or earlier bronze discoidal stud with shank on reverse and V-shaped opening in edge.
5) Early post medieval fastener (two circular holes in each terminal and triangular opening and moulding in centre).
6) Post medieval bronze 'box' with Lion of St Mark on front and foliage round three sides. No back plate. ?From a candle-snuffer.
7) ?Flint knife, probably Neolithic. See details in file. Identified by P. Robins (NCM), 8 February 1995.
8) Early post medieval seal matrix, circular with handle with circular suspension loop, and three smaller circular openings below. Initials IB within foliage.
W. Milligan (NCM), 8 February 1995.

1995. Metal detecting by [2].
1) Medieval halfpenny. See list in file. Identified by J. Davies (NCM).
2) Roman pottery: greyware moderate to fine, fine fabrics; seven jar rims, one base, sixteen body sherds (one comb decorated, one black burnished).
3) Incipient bead and flange Nene Valley colour coated ware bowl.
4) Very important black burnished bead and flange mortarium, part spout with grits of white, black, brown, grey and large quartz.
5) One ?stone object (fragment), unknown date.
6) Eight late medieval/Transitional sherds (one a waster, two sherds stuck together).
7) One Green Glazed Grimston.
8) One Grimston Transitional.
9) One Roman storage jar (decorated).
10) One prehistoric sherd, ?Iron Age.
Identified by D. Gurney (NLA), 8 February 1995.
Lots of oyster shells.
W. Milligan (NCM), 8 February 1995.

October/November 1995. Metal detecting.
Four Roman coins.
Identified by J. Davies (NCM).
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 27 November 1995.

October 1995. Metal detecting.
Lead pendant, medieval. Circular with convex outer surface decorated double grooves to form octofoil. One suspension hole, diameter 36mm. Weight 62.2g.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 28 November 1995.

October 1995. Metal detecting.
Four medieval coins. List in file
A. Rogerson (NLA), 14 December 1995.

January/February 1996. Metal detecting.
Twenty one Roman coins, including one denarius.
Roman lead steelyard weight, biconical, remains of iron loop. Weight 320.5g.
Battered lead negroid head, knob from 19th century tobacco jar.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 11 March 1996.

May to June 1999. Metal detecting.
Identified by H. M. Geake (NCM).
Medieval Head of Christ made of lead, with naturalistically modelled face but flat on reverse. The top of the head has a shallow cruve as if a separate crown of thorns rested on top (possibly a very delicate and spindly crown was cast on top of the head and has now disappeared). The face is long and sad with flowing hair, moustache and beard. The break at the neck is old. This is undoubtedly from a medival religious figurine which was presumably placed against a flat backing such as a processional cross. It seems a bit odd to make it in lead though. (S1).
K. Hinds (NLA), 23 February 2000.

Before 28 February 2008. Metal detecting.
Medieval/ post medieval sewing ring.
See list in file
E. Darch, (NLA), 27 August 2009

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Undated)
  • WORKED OBJECT (Undated)
  • KNIFE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STEELYARD WEIGHT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FIGURINE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PENDANT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STUD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WASTER (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CANDLE HOLDER (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DRESS COMPONENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FIGURINE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SEAL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VESSEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WASTER (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Photograph: NCC Find Identification and Recording Service. c. 1975-2000. HES Find Polaroid Collection. HES Find Polaroid Collection. polaroid. black and white.

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