Record Details

NHER Number:4985
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age or Early Saxon inhumation


A human skeleton buried with a copper alloy clip was discovered in a garden in 1925. The burial has been dated to the Bronze Age or the Early Saxon period. An alternative site for the discovery of the skeleton is recorded as NHER 21346.

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Grid Reference:TL 7908 9342
Map Sheet:TL79SE

Full description

1925. Casual find on a holding of [1] known as New Cottage Garden, located near Round Plantation.
A skeleton was found while digging a hole for a post in the cottage garden, approximately two feet below ground level. The skeleton was identified as a 60 year old male with rheumatism and dental disease. A small bronze clip was found on the right hip joint (S1, S2, S3).
(S4) identified the skeleton as probable Bronze Age date, but (S5) identified the clip, and therefore the burial, as Saxon.
The skeleton is in the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons (S1).
The clip is illustrated in (S4) and is in the posession of A. L. Armstrong [2] (S1).
Information from (S1) and (S2).
This find is also mentioned in (S6) and (S7).
Updated H. Hamilton (HES), 5 February 2013.

August 1972.
The landowner's brother indicated that the skeleton was actually found at TL 7921 9333, approximately 160m southeast of the location reported in 1925.
Information from (S2).
Updated H. Hamilton (HES), 6 March 2013.

The Armstrong Collection in the British Museum was examined, but the clip was not included in this collection. Much of A.L. Armstrong's collection did not go to the British Museum.
See (S8)
E. Rose (NAU), 1974.

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION (Bronze Age - 2350 BC? to 701 BC?)
  • INHUMATION (Early Saxon - 410 AD? to 650 AD?)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC? to 701 BC?)
  • CLIP (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Early Saxon - 411 AD? to 650 AD?)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Map: Ordnance Survey. 1957. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map.
<S2>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 79 SE 6.
<S3>Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1940. Norfolk in the Dark Ages, 400-800 A.D., Part II. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt II pp 215-249. p 226.
<S4>Article in Serial: Keith, A. and Favel, R. V. 1927. Report on a Skeleton Found Buried in an Extended Supine Position at Mundford and Assigned by the Finders to the Bronze Period. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol V Pt II (for 1926) pp 174-175. pp 174-175.
<S5>Monograph: Lethbridge, T. C.. 1931. Recent Excavations in Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Cambridge Antiquarian Society Quarto Publications. NS No 3. p 73; footnote 1.
<S6>Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. and Myres, J. N. L. 1939. Norfolk in the Dark Ages, 400-800 A.D., Part I. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII, Pt II pp 163- 214. p 166.
<S7>Publication: Meaney, A.. 1964. Gazetteer of Early Anglo-Saxon Burial Sites. p 179.
<S8>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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