Record Details

NHER Number:9008
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Undated quern, multi-period pottery sherds and post medieval seal matrix


In 1970 the topstone of rotary quern was ploughed up at this location. Subsequent fieldwalking in the area, as part of the Illington Survey, recovered prehistoric flints along with sherds of Iron Age, Roman, Saxon, medieval and post medieval pottery. Metal detecting in 1998 recovered an early post medieval seal matrix with a carved with the head of a griffin.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 93 90
Map Sheet:TL99SW

Full description

1970. Context 7 at approximately [1].
Topstone of rotary quern ploughed up.
E. B. Green (NCM).

1989. Fieldwalking by Illington Survey. Survey site 40.
Finds as listed below and in file.

Context 1:
Neolithic flint flake used as knife.
Prehistoric flint blade used as scraper.
Two prehistoric flint scrapers.
Two prehistoric flint flakes.

Context 2:
One prehistoric flint scraper.
Eight Roman greyware/coarseware sherds.
Thirteen medieval unglazed sherds.
One medieval glazed Grimston Ware sherd.

Context 3:
One base sherd, possibly Iron Age or Early Saxon.

Context 4:
One probable Iron Age rim sherd.

Context 5:
Two prehistoric flint scrapers.

Context 6:
Iron Age body sherd, with finger nail impressions.

See file for sketch plans, contexts etc.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU) 3 August 1989.

Before April 1998. Metal detecting. Northeast corner of site, at [2].
Possible early post medieval small bronze seal matrix. Octagonal die carved with the head of a griffin couped, probably a heraldic crest. Either side of the griffin are possibly initials, now unreadable due to corrosion; without being able to read the initials, the family can't be identified as at least sixty families used the couped griffin (information from S. J. Ashley (NLA)). The handle of the seal matrix is conical (facetted) and very short, with a large perforated knob at the top.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 25 April 2000.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • QUERN (Undated)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • KNIFE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL MATRIX (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 99 SW 13.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Wretham.

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