Record Details

NHER Number:5112
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Early Saxon inhumation cemetery


Several Early Saxon inhumations were discovered in the 1950s, buried with Early Saxon knives and spearheads.

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Map Sheet:TL89SW

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1951 (December). Opposite school.
Two inhumation burials found on new housing estate for Swaffham Rural District Council.
Fragment of iron knife with one of them near middle. Both males suffering arthritis. S1 Head to south depth 2 1/2'.
Very small male about 45, S2 male. S1 has a bronze stain on femur.
Skeletal remains and knife from Norfolk County Constabulary.
See (S1). The bones reported as human in (S2) were in fact sheep. Information from H.T. Green.
Further bones found 1952.
Information from D.R. Howlett.

6 July 1954.
Human bones Early Saxon site.
Iron spearheads and knife.
Bones submitted to Wells.
At least 2 burials, probably inhumation cemetery.
See (S3).
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

October 1956.
Early Saxon inhumation cemetery.
Fragmentary human bones and iron spear ferrule.
See (S4).
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

Copies of (S1) to (S4) in file.

Article missing from file [J. Yates, 10/03/2011].

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • KNIFE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SPEAR (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Serial: 1956. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries. No 3. p 4.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 89 SW 5.
---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. Mundford [3].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1950. Half an Iron-Age quern dug up at Mundford. 8 April.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1950. Mundford Boy, Age 9, Finds Anglo-Saxon Remains. 22 May.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1954. Bones Unearthed at Mundford. 8 July.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1951. Skeletons Found at Mundford. 19 December.

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