Record Details

NHER Number:5021
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Late Saxon to medieval settlement and multi-period finds


This is the site of a Late Saxon to medieval settlement revealed during a fieldwalking survey. The settlement was probably part of the original core of the village of Bodney, and may have had its origins in the Middle Saxon period. Prehistoric flints, an Early Saxon iron spearhead and fragments of pottery dating from the Roman to the post-medieval periods have been found on the site. Fragments of fired clay daub from a building of unknown date have also been found.
Metal-detecting in 2015 recovered a Roman pottery sherd as well as medieval coins.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 82 99
Map Sheet:TL89NW

Full description

Stray Find. October 1970.
A Late Saxon iron spearhead was found on ploughed surface, now in NCM.
Information from (S3).
M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 21 May 2013.

16 February 1976. Fieldwalked by A. Rogerson (NAU) after harrowing and rolling.
Thetford Ware, especially in southwest corner where it is associated with spread of wattle impressed daub.
Also medieval sherds and lava quern fragments.
Also two Ipswich Ware sherds.
E. Rose (NAU)

Also flint core and St Neots ware, added 8 November 1985 but found at same time.
A. Rogerson (NAU)

Spearhead reidentified as Early Saxon not Late Saxon by W. Milligan (NCM) June 1989.

February to March 1989. Fieldwalking by A. Davison. 'Field A'
Flint scraper and flake.
Ipswich, Thetford, St Neots, medieval and post medieval sherds.
A. Rogerson identified.
See list and (S1) in file.
A. Rogerson (NAU) 18 April 1989.

This is recorded as site 29 in (S2), where Thetford type ware occurs in a wide band parallel to the road. Some fragments of fired clay daub were found to the west of the site. The site continued to be occupied into the medieval period, and over 200 fragments of medieval pottery have been recovered. These finds are close to what was probably the core of the original village of Bodney.
See (S2) for more details.
S. Spooner (NLA) 23 February 2006.

September-October 2015. Metal-detecting. Finder's Point G. [2].
1 Roman pottery sherd.
2 medieval coins.
See (S4).
Information from PAS import.
A. Beckham (HES), 3 December 2015.

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • QUERN (Undated)
  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SPEAR (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (14th Century - 1307 AD to 1310 AD)
  • COIN (14th Century - 1335 AD to 1343 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Early Saxon. Hilborough.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Map: Finder's Map..
<S2>Article in Serial: Davison, A. 1994. The Field Archaeology of Bodney and the Stanta Extension. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt I pp 57-79. pp 61-63.
<S3>Article in Serial: Wilson, D. M. and Hurst, D. G. 1972. Medieval Britain in 1970. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XV (for 1971) pp 124-179. p 128.
<S4>Photograph: Newell, J.. 2015. Finder's photograph of finds recovered from multiple sites. Paper. Finder's Point G.

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