Record Details

NHER Number:2133
Type of record:Monument
Name:Early Saxon burial (Fakenham, poorly located)


A single Early Saxon burial accompanied by a small long brooch, two smaller circular brooches or buckles, an iron knife blade or dagger and a pendant or strap fitting. This burial is not located, but it is possible that it may be part of the nearby Pensthorpe Early Saxon cemetery (NHER 44367).

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Full description

1869. Probably near Long Lane.
Single burial found resting on marl covered by 1.2m (4 feet) of refuse soil and gravel. Accompanied by small long brooch (6.1cms long): two smaller circular brooches or buckles; iron knife blade or dagger: two small copper alloy laminae riveted together, either a pendant or tag of narrow strap (nearly 5cm (2 inches) long 1cm (3/8 inch) wide) (?Anglian).
See (S1) which shows small long brooch Kentish type hourglass shaped foot (like examples from Sarre, Kent) annular brooch and two moulded annular brooches. These are not common till late 6th century.
Decorated strap-end CM 75, Plain strap-end CM 76.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

However compare Pensthorpe cemetery, which is at the end of Long Lane (NHER 44367).
E. Rose (NLA).

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • DAGGER (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • KNIFE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • PENDANT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. pp 336-337.
---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1940. Norfolk in the Dark Ages, 400-800 A.D., Part II. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt II pp 215-249. p 238.
---Article in Serial: [Unknown]. 1968. [Unknown]. Antiquaries Journal. Vol XXVI, p 288. p 288.
---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. Fakenham.
<S1>Article in Serial: Leeds, E. T. 1945. The Distribution of the Angles and Saxons Archaeologically Considered. Archaeologia. Vol 91 (Second Series) pp 1-106. pp 40-41, p 48; Figs 25h, 29 2.

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