Record Details

NHER Number:20792
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Roman settlement and multi-period finds

Summary

This is the site of a ditched Roman settlement, discovered during a field walking survey. Roman bricks, fragments of pottery, and pieces of Roman metalwork have been found on the site. Field walking and metal detecting has also recovered prehistoric flints (including a ?Palaeolithic retouched flake), an Iron Age mount, possibly from a scabbard, and fragments of pottery dating from the Middle Saxon to the post mediveal periods.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 89 13
Map Sheet:TF81SE
Parish:FRANSHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1977-1978 and 1984. Field walking.
Ordnance Survey field Great Fransham 355.
Sizeable Roman site.
Ditches containg Roman material seen in section in land drains etc.
Much Roman pottery and brick in scatter.
Puddingstone and lava.
Medieval sherds including early medieval Ipswich ware, Thetford ware, worked flint post medieval sherds including glazed red earthenware and stoneware.
Found and identified by A. Rogerson (NAU).
Information from (S1). See also (S2).
E. Rose (NAU) 24 October 1984.

10 March 1991. Field walking.
Contexts 9 to 20, subdivisions of southeast part. Contexts 21 and 22, remainder.
See (S1).
A. Rogerson (NLA) March 1992.

December 1996 to January 1997. Metal-detecting.
1 ?Palaeolithic retouched flint flake.
8 Roman greyware pottery sherds from area in south-west corner of field.
1 Iron Age mount, ?from scabbard.
1 Romanknob/terminal and 1 unidentified copper alloy object fragment (rather like the side of a buckle; a handle?).
Flint identified by P. Robins (NCM) and other objects by D. Gurney (NLA) and A. Rogerson (NLA). See lists and plan in file.
These discoveries were reported in (S3).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 31 January 1997. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 20 June 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 1000000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BUILDING (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DITCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • QUERN (Unknown date)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • RETOUCHED FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Middle Palaeolithic - 500000 BC to 40001 BC)
  • PERSONAL ORNAMENT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • SCABBARD (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BRICK (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • QUERN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STUD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fransham Survey. G355. AJGR.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S2>Archive: Fransham Field Walking Boxfile.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1998. Archaeological Finds in Norfolk 1997. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt I pp 181-192.

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