Record Details

NHER Number:37512
Type of record:Monument
Name:Strumpshaw Anglian Water Pipeline


An NAU watching brief carried out along the line of a water pipeline found evidence for two prehistoric pits containing iron smelting waste. Eleven prehistoric worked flints, and two fragments of Beaker period pottery were also recovered. Metal detecting as part of the watching brief recovered metal finds from the post medieval period including a lead farmyard toy cockerel.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 32609 12390
Map Sheet:TG31SW

Full description

November 2002. Watching Brief.
Undertaken during installation of Blofield to Strumpshaw Anglian Water Intet Main. Contexts 1 to 14.
In the field to the south of Dyes Road two pits were identified. These features produced no dating evidence but were considered to be potentially prehistoric. Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age Beaker pottery sherds were recovered from the subsoil nearby.
In the northernmost field (north-east of Postles Farm) the terminal ends of two adjacent linear features were exposed. These features were both backfilled with tap slag and fired clay - the debris from nearby iron smelting. Unfortunately no datable finds were recovered from these features.
11 prehistoric worked flints and a number of post-medieval metal objects were also recovered during this watching brief.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S2) and (S3).
M. Horlock (NLA), 6 August 2003. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 20 May 2015.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • HEARTH (Unknown date)
  • PIT (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • BURIN SPALL (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)
  • POT (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)
  • POT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PANTILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Ames, J. 2003. An Archaeological Watching Brief on the Blofield to Strumpshaw Anglian Water Inlet Main. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 806.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2004. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 2003. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt III pp 573-588. p 574.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2003. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2002. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt II pp 368-384. p 369.

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