Record Details

NHER Number:3969
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age, Roman or Early Saxon cremations


A number of urns containing human cremations were found in the late 18th century. Metal bracelets or torcs were found with some of the cremations, which may date from the Bronze Age, Roman or Early Saxon periods. A copper alloy vessel of probable Roman date was also found in the 18th century.

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Grid Reference:TF 767 138
Map Sheet:TF71SE

Full description

1740. Stray Find.
According to (S1) in around 1740:
"A large brazen cantharus [was] dug up at Mr Andrew Fountains at Narford in Norfolk. It holds a Winchester quart. At the whole in the neck tis presumed a spout was fixed and opposite to it may be seen the marks where the handle came off". See tracing (S2) of drawing in (S1).
The object is mentioned in passing in (S3) and (S4) but these state it was found "in the court of the hall". As the hall does not have a courtyard, but the farm courtyard adjoins, the likelihood is that this is from this site.
Compiled by E. Rose (NLA), 29 August 1980. Information from (S5).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 11 July 2018.

Late 18th century.
Pottery urns, bones, torcs excavated; Roman, Bronze Age or Early Saxon?
See details in file.
E. Rose (NAU), August 1990.

Monument Types

  • CREMATION (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • CREMATION (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CREMATION (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRACELET (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • BRACELET (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • VESSEL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BRACELET (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Burgess, C. & Coombs, D. (eds.). 1979. Bronze Age Hoards: Some Finds Old and New.. British Archaeological Report. No 67.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 71 SE 3.
---Monograph: Camden, W.. 1977. Britannia.. Vol II. Translated by R. Gough from the 1789 edition.. p 116.
---Monograph: Gough, R.. 1806. Britannia.. Vol II. Translated by R. Gough from the 1789 edition.. p 201.
---Article in Serial: 1847. Appendix. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Committee. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol I pp 363-375. p 366.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Early Saxon. Narford.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office.
<S2>Illustration: E. Rose. Unknown. Rough tracing of a drawing of an undated copper alloy vessel. Paper. Not to scale.
<S3>Serial: Blomefield, F. 1807. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk. Vol VI.
<S4>Publication: Evans, J. and Britton, J. 1810. The Beauties of England and Wales: or Delineations, Topographical, Historical and Descriptive of each County. Vol 11.
<S5>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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