Record Details

NHER Number:5887
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Late Saxon finger ring and eel spear, St Mary's Row


In 1962 a number of Late Saxon objects were found during the preparation of the site for a housing development. These finds consisted of sherds of Thetford Ware pottery, fragments of cresset lamps, a bronze ring, a bone tool, and an iron eel spear.

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Grid Reference:TL 8671 8281
Map Sheet:TL88SE

Full description

1962. Casual Find.
Several items were recovered from the southwest side of the road while preparing fotings for new houses.
The items have been identified as sherds of Thetford Ware, fragments of cresset lamps, a bone tool, a bronze ring, and an iron spear (possibly an eel spear).
Finds held by NCM, previously held by Thetford borough engineer (sherds, bone, ring, eel spear).
Information from (S1).
See (S3) for short summery.
NCM card by R. R. Clarke (NCM).

The ring is described in (S2) as having decoration of stamped circles.
E. Rose (NAU) 25 January 1985.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CRESSET LAMP (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINGER RING (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FISH SPEAR? (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • SPEAR (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Thetford.
<S1>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S2>Monograph: Rogerson, A. and Dallas, C. 1984. Excavations in Thetford 1948-59 and 1973-80. East Anglian Archaeology. No 22. p 69; No 13; Fig 110.
<S3>Article in Serial: Wilson, D. M. and Hurst, D. G. 1965. Medieval Britain in 1962 and 1963. Medieval Archaeology. Vol VIII (for 1964) pp 231-299. p 5887.

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