Record Details

NHER Number:21627
Type of record:Monument
Name:Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age site, Late Saxon pottery works, medieval settlement and multi-period finds


Fragments 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 also the site of a Late Saxon pottery works, which was producing Thetford ware during the late 10th and 11th centuries. It is extremely rare to find evidence of Late Saxon pottery production in a rural area. During the medieval period a small common edge settlement developed on the site. Field walking recovered prehistoric flints, pottery dating from the Iron Age to the post medieval periods, and a Roman brooch.

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Grid Reference:TF 9191 1373
Map Sheet:TF91SW

Full description

March 1985. Field Ordnance Survey Great Fransham 290. Field walking in good conditions.
Thetford type production site, see (S1).
Roman sherds including Nar valley and bowls.
Roman brooch, Colchester rear hook derivative mid to late 1st century AD
Identified by A. Gregory (NAU)
Medieval sherds including Grimston, early medieval, late medieval/early post medieval.
Worked flint.
Post medieval sherds including Stoneware.
Undated sherds.
Beaker impressed sherd identified by F. Healy (NAU).
See (S1).
Found and identified by A. Rogerson (NAU)
E. Rose (NAU) 14 August 1985.

Further work.

This site is recorded as LS14 in (S2). Most of the Thetford sherds recovered from the site are debris from pottery production, although no evidence of kiln structures has been found. Production may have taken place in the late 10th or early 11th century. Late Saxon pottery production sites are extremely rare in rural contexts.
See (S2) for more details.
S. Spooner (NLA) 16 December 2005

Monument Types

  • OCCUPATION SITE (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)
  • POTTERY WORKS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Undated)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 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


Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fransham Survey. G290. AJGR.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Archive: Fransham Field Walking Boxfile.
<S2>Thesis: Rogerson, A.. 1995. Fransham: an archaeological and historical study of a parish on the Norfolk boulder clay.

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