Record Details

NHER Number:10044
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age or Roman barrow and Roman coins found at Nunmete / Nonmete Hill


In 1465 '100 shillings' worth of Roman coins (possibly from a coin hoard) were found when Nunmete Hill was excavated. Their discovery is probably the first recorded 'archaeological excavation' in Norfolk. Nunmete Hill may have been a barrow, possibly of Bronze Age or Roman origin. There has been some confusion between this site and the nearby 'Old Groggams' mound (NHER 10045).

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Full description

AD 1465, '100/- in coined money' (100 shillings) found when Nunmete Hill was opened.
See (S1) and (S2) (neither checked).

Informant [1] states that Hill Farm stands on the site of the mound, hence the name.
However (S2) believes it was the same as NHER 10045 (information from E. B. Green (NCM)).
References checked by A. Lawson (NAU).
(S1) is merely quoting (S2). No sign of barrow anywhere in area.
A. Lawson (NAU), 17 December 1975.

See article by member of the public [1] in (S3) quoting (S1) and showing that he only assumed the two barrows were the same on the basis of a similar story attached to both about the finding of coins.
E. Rose (NAU), 8 October 1985.

December 2005.
Probably the first recorded 'excavation' in Norfolk.
D. Gurney (NLA), 7 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • BARROW (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN HOARD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---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 - Bronze Age. Forncett.
<S1>Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Barrows. The Antiquary. Vol XLIX pp 416-423. pp 416-417.
<S2>Monograph: Jessop, A.. 1896. Random Roaming and other papers.. pp 111, 115-118.
<S3>Article in Serial: Tolhurst, M. 1985. Treasure Hunting in Forncett 1465. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 2 No 34 pp 12-14.

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