Record Details

NHER Number:21216
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Iron Age to Roman settlement


Fieldwalking as part of the Fenland Survey recovered a concentration of pieces of Iron Age and Roman pot, bone, flints and many burnt broken pebbles. These are indicative of Iron Age and possible Roman occupation or settlement. Later fieldwalking and metal detecting recovered finds dating from the prehistoric to the post medieval period. These include prehistoric worked flints, a tiny piece of Samian pot, fragments of medieval and post medieval pot, a medieval copper alloy cauldron foot and two parts of a possible post medieval sword belt tag.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 71 95
Map Sheet:TL79NW

Full description

28 February 1985. Fenland fieldwalking.
Fieldwalking in well weathered ploughsoil.
Context 1. MTW 55
Concentration of Iron Age pottery sparse to moderate, sparse bone, few flints, broken pebbles, many burnt. Also quite a bit of gravel. Shows as darker stain on chalk. 37m north to south x 35m at 2.5m OD.
R.J. Silvester (NAU), 6 March 1985.

Also thirty six Roman sherds in archive.

16 December 1991. Fieldwalking and metal detecting.
Context 1 also northern area.
One end and side scraper.
Iron Age pottery.
Tiny Samian sherd.

Context 2. Southern area.
Grimston/Thetford ware, early medieval ware, medieval sherds including orange surface coloured shelly ware and green glazed Grimston.
Late medieval/transitional sherds.
Medieval bronze cauldron foot.
?Medieval fragment bronze pierced vessel/object.
Large lead glazed earthenware sherd.
Early post medieval white metal coated hooked tag, with openwork trefoil, perhaps off sword-belt, two rivet holes for attachment (iron rivets).
Early post medieval white metal coated harness or belt-slide, three lobes with scalloped edges. Bar on reverse made of two shanks bent to rectangle.
The two early post medieval objects are possibly from same object.
W. Milligan (NCM), 7 December 1992.

For full details of wares, flint types etc see (S1).

Monument Types

  • OCCUPATION SITE (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT? (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HARNESS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. MTW 55. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.

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