Record Details

NHER Number:2542
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age inhumations at Methwold Severalls


Human remains were disturbed here by ploughing on at least three occasions. A Bronze Age awl and two prehistoric flint scrapers were also found. These were interpreted as Bronze Age burials. They had been disturbed shortly after burial and then again much later by the plough.

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Grid Reference:TL 6507 9671
Map Sheet:TL69NE

Full description

Human remains. Several bodies partially articulated surviving in peat partly disturbed by ploughing but also some disturbance soon after death. Only other find, one bronze double ended Bronze Age awl of quadrangular section.
Peat samples taken by Dr Hibbert of Cambridge Univerity School of Botany. See (S1).
See (S2), (S3) and (S4).
Seen by T.H. Mck. Clough (NCM) and B. Green (NCM).

1971. 9m (10 yards) south and 45m (50 yards) east of 1968 lot. In peat 60cm (2 feet) deep all disturbed by plough.
Three burials. Two prehistoric white scrapers just under bones.
See (S5).
T. Clough (NCM).

(S6) adds a human femur found in 1967 on same site.

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • AWL (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 69 NE 13.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Healy, F. 1996. The Fenland Project, Number 11: The Wissey Embayment: Evidence for pre-Iron Age Occupation. East Anglian Archaeology. No 78. pp 36-37.
---Unpublished Document: Curtis, F.. 1967. Burial at Hemplash Farm, Methwold Hythe.
---Unpublished Document: Wells, C.. 1969. A note on human skeletal remains of Bronze Age date from Methwold, Norfolk.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Methwold.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Hibbert, F.A.. 1969. Preliminary Report on the Analysis of Deposits from a Bronze Age Burial Site at Methwold. April.
<S2>Map: Curtis, F.. 1968. Methwold Severalls Methwold Fen May-June 1968 Excavation Plan.
<S3>Photograph: Curtis, F.. 1968. Severalls Methwold Fen Bronze Age Burial Group May to June 1968.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Curtis, F.. 1968. 'Methwold Severalls' Methwold Fen. May 1968.. May.
<S5>Map: Finder's Map..
<S6>Article in Serial: Healy, F. & Housley, R. A.. 1992. Nancy was not alone: human skeletons of the Early Bronze Age from the Norfolk peat fen.. Antiquity. Vol 66, No 253, pp 948-55.

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