Record Details

NHER Number:8482
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman iron working site


Ploughing here in 1959 unearthed a large mass of iron slag along with an iron mattock head and fragments of a bronze cauldron. A subsequent excavation in the same year found more cauldron fragments and slag. As such the nature of the finds suggests that iron working was carried out here during the Roman period.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3351 1281
Map Sheet:TG31SW

Full description

1959. Ploughing to depth of 31cm (1ft).
Large mass of iron slag dragged out, also iron mattock head and fragments of bronze cauldron with iron supports associated early Roman.

3 February 1959. Site dug by R. R. Clarke (NCM) and D. R. Howlett.
Further fragments of cauldron and slag found. Mass of slag broken, about 92cm (3ft) in diameter and 15.2cm (6in) deep. 31cm (1ft) of soil over yellow sand.
Finds held by NCM.
See (S1) in (S2).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Monument Types

  • IRON WORKING SITE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CAULDRON (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CAULDRON (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • MATTOCK (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 31 SW 3.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Serial: 1959. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1959. No. 6. p 5.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Woodbastwick.
<S1>Article in Monograph: Manning, W.H.. 1969. Mattocks, Hoes and Spades and related tools in Roman Britain.. The spade in northern and Atlantic Europe. Gailey, A. & Fenton, A..
<S2>Monograph: Gailey, A. & Fenton, A. (eds.). 1969. The Spade in Northern and Atlantic Europe.

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