Record Details

NHER Number:6000
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Middle Saxon decorated plaque (the Larling Plaque) and multi-period finds

Summary

Part of an elaborately decorated Saxon carved bone plaque was found in a field in 1970, less than a hundred metres from St Ethelbert's church. It is thought to have originally been a casket mount or from a book cover, but this is uncertain. What is certain is that 'The Larling Plaque' is a very rare find. The area is part of a large pottery scatter (NHER 31402) and Roman, Saxon and medieval pottery fragments have been recovered, together with a Saxon pin and a medieval harness.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 98 89
Map Sheet:TL98NE
Parish:ROUDHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Field south and west of Larling Church.
1970. Surface finds.
Found in context 1 near St. Ethelbert’s church, part of a elaborately decorated ivory plaque of late 8th-century date was found on the surface of a field. The 'Larling Plaque' has similarities to the Gandersheim casket in technique and motif, however one panel contains a rendering of the wolf and twins, this is now held in NCM.
Information from (S4), Drawing (S1 and S5), Parish magazine (S2), correspondence (S3) and description in file.
Early medieval wares (context 2) (formerly numbered NHER 6003).
1983 Middle Saxon, Late Saxon, Roman wares etcetera found (context 3).
1995 Metal detecting. Middle Saxon pin, medieval harness.
See list in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 18 October 1983 amended by M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 22 May 2013.

Part of large scatter NHER 31402.

See illustration in associated file.
S. Howard (NLA), 11 March 2010.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • PLAQUE (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • BOX (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BOX (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • PLAQUE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • HARNESS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Backhouse, J. & Webster, L.. 1991. The Making of England.. p 179, no 139.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 98 NE 26.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Article in Serial: Green, B. 1971. An Anglo-Saxon bone plaque from Larling, Norfolk. Antiquaries Journal. Vol LI Pt II pp 321-3.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Roudham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Middle Saxon. Roudham.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Illustration: Milligan, W.. 1970. Drawing of a Middle Saxon ivory plaque.. Card. 3:2.
<S2>Unpublished Document: 1995. Contact. Church and Village News. Page 10 to 11..
<S3>Correspondence: Various.
<S4>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 129.
<S5>Illustration: Gibbons, J.. 2011. Drawing of a Middle Saxon ivory plaque.. Film. 2:1.

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