Record Details

NHER Number:10685
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period human skulls


In 1960 four human skulls were found during building work at this location. As they were not associated with any other human bones and because one was filled with plaster of paris, it is thought that they were part of an antiquary's collection that had been disposed of.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 3506 9012
Map Sheet:TM39SE

Full description

January 1960.
Finds made in removing concrete floor of brick building erected about 1946.
Wainford Maltings. About 7m (8yds) on east side of Wainford Road.
Four human skulls revealed 45-60cm (18-24in) below foundations.
Lowest skull contained white Plaster of Paris.
Site inspected at once by [1] who retained the skulls for lecturing purposes.
One Iron Age/Roman, one medieval, one 18th century, one Arab.
Remains of a local antiquary's collection.
See (S1) and (S2) on reverse of NCM record card.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Early Iron Age to Post Medieval - 800 BC to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---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 - Human Skeletal Remains (HSR). Broome.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Wells, C.P.B.. 1960. Report on human skulls from Wainford Maltings, Ditchingham.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1960. Did Someone Collect These Skulls?. 29 January.

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