Record Details

NHER Number:1048
Type of record:Monument
Name:Early Saxon inhumation cemetery

Summary

Early Saxon human burials were found here in 1869. The cemetery seems to have been used between around 520 AD and the early 7th century. The skeletons were accompanied by iron shield bosses, spearheads, swords, amber and glass beads, bronze buckles, brooches and wrist clasps. Metal detecting has found part of a medieval box-mount.

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Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TM08NW
Parish:KENNINGHALL, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1869.
Site of inhumation burials. Probably starts around 520 and lasts to early 7th century. Graves include iron shield bosses, spearheads, swords, amber and glass beads, bronze buckles, brooches, wrist clasps, tinned bronze badge in form of fish, spiral wire clasp, bone objects, iron knives, iron ferrule and clay cup.
An Early Saxon small-long brooch, recovered at this time, was donated to Norwich Castle Museum by [1] in December 1894 (NWHCM: 1984.76.627.1x : A). Published in (S1).
See (S2) and bibliography in file.
Amended by A. Beckham (HES), 27 July 2020.

March 1974. Visit.
No trace of cemetery when visited. No finds except for one flint scraper. All under plough - a ploughed-in marl pit may represent site of original discovery.
A. Rogerson (NAU).

March/April 1995. Metal detecting find.
Medieval box-mount fragment, cast decoration on lozengiform flat 'boss' with foliage at corners; bar of V-section, broken at rivet hole.
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 9 June 1995.

Monument Types

  • CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • INHUMATION CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BEAD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BEAD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • DRESS COMPONENT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • FERRULE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • KNIFE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SHIELD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SLEEVE CLASP (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SPEAR (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SWORD (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BOX (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 08 NW 5 [2].
---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 - Early Saxon. Kenninghall [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1.
<S2>Publication: MacGregor, A. and Bolick, E.. 1993. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals).

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