Record Details

NHER Number:20524
Type of record:Monument
Name:Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age site, site of Iron Age settlement and multi-period finds

Summary

A fragment of Beaker pottery found during field walking suggests that this site was occupied during the Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age, although the nature of that occupation is uncertain. This is the site of an Iron Age settlement, and fragments of Iron Age pottery have been collected during field walking. Field walking has also recovered prehistoric flints, including a concentration of potboilers, a Roman spindle whorl, medieval tile and fragments of pottery dating from the Late Prehistoric to the medieval periods. Metal-detecting in 2011 and 2012 recovered medieval coins; medieval and post-medieval pottery; a medieval strap-end, horse harness pendant and belt fitting; medieval/post-medieval vessel leg, crude copper alloy ring and lead weight; post-medieval silver cufflink, thimble, key and lead window came and undatable metal working waste, lead weights and a copper alloy ingot.

Images

  • An Early Saxon brooch found in Fransham.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF81SE
Parish:FRANSHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1980.[1].
Intensive fieldwork, good conditions but incomplete.
Roman sherds including spindle whorl made from base; prehistoric flint gritted sherds; 25 Iron Age sherds; medieval sherds in large quantities, many undated sherds worked flints; lava; medieval tile etc
See (S1).
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU)
E. Rose (NAU) 9 July 1984

1986.
Further finds include a much larger number of Iron Age sherds; Ipswich ware stamped Early Saxon sherd; Middle Saxon or Early Saxon sherd; comb impressed Beaker sherd.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU) 11 November 1986

November-December 2006. Metal-detecting.
1 Iron Age coin (potin).
1 ?Roman pottery sherd.
1 Roman braclet terminal (cast in shape of a snakes head).
2 Early Saxon brooches (1 of them Cruciform, Leeds Group V, other small long, Leeds square headed (plain) type).
3 medieval coins, 2 strap ends, 1 ?strap end fragment, 1 pendent rumbler bell, 1 lead ampulla (lower half), 1 seal matrix and 1 buckle (gilt).
1 medieval/post-medieval vessel leg fragment, 1 vessel repair, 1 candle stick base fragment and 1 cauldron rim fragment.
1 post-medieval lead 4 part cloth seal (bust of Queen anne), 1 Shoe buckle stud/anchor chape, 1 belt mount terminal, 2 buttons, 1 belt mount and 1 harness mount.
Coins identified by A. Marsden (NLA) and other objects by A. Rogerson (NLA). See lists and drawing in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 12 January 2007.
Updated by J. Page (HES), 25 February 2014.

Before 14 November 2011. Metal-detecting.
Medieval and post-medieval pot sherds, medieval roof tile, medieval, medieval/post-medieval, post-medieval and undatable metal objects.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (HES), 17 January 2012.

December 2011-January 2012. Metal-detecting. [2].
1 medieval coin and harness pendant.
Medieval/post-medieval copper alloy ring.
Post-medieval silver thimble.
See lists in file and PAS records for numismatics.
S. Ashley (HES), 21 February 2012. Amended by A. Beckham (HES), 8 May 2012.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • BURNT MOUND (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • OCCUPATION SITE (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • INGOT (Unknown date)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • POT (Unknown date)
  • QUERN (Unknown date)
  • WEIGHT (Unknown date)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • COIN (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BRACELET (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SPINDLE WHORL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • AMPULLA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CANDLESTICK (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CAULDRON (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CUFF LINK (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HARNESS PENDANT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PENDANT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RING (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL MATRIX (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP END (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1305 AD to 1306 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUTTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CAME (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CLOTH SEAL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HARNESS MOUNT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Publication: British Museum. 2014. Treasure Act Annual Report 2012. p 53.
---*Fieldwork: Fransham Survey. G77. AJGR.
---Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
---Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
---Photograph: I & RS. Digital finds image.
---Photograph: NCC Find Identification and Recording Service. c. 1975-2000. HES Find Polaroid Collection. HES Find Polaroid Collection. polaroid. black and white.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Archive: Fransham Field Walking Boxfile.

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