Record Details

NHER Number:5137
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Bronze Age burial

Summary

On Monday 2nd January 1720 or 1721 a wooden coffin containing human bones and 'thirty small beads, a black face made of Lancashire Coal, a golden funnell and a cipher' was found. This has been interpreted as a Bronze Age burial.

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Location

Grid Reference:TL 837 929
Map Sheet:TL89SW
Parish:LYNFORD, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Monday 2 January 1720/1.
'..was found an oaken coffin in a moist springy ground about two furlongs off West Tofts church in Norfolk as some of Mr Partridges labourers were digging a ditch to drain the grounds. It seemed to lie southeast and northwest, it was full of water, and besides bones was taken out about thirty small beads, a black face made of Lancashire Coal, a golden funnell and a cipher as in the figures below. The funnell was broken about outright. The workmen say it slipped of (sic) a small piece of rotten wood, query if not a crucifix. (The 'coal' face has) a hole through the upper part of the figure. The cypher and beads are of blue colour, query what? The beads are all square but irregular. In the place where this coffin is found, is a piece where stood a large house formerly, query whose?'
See secondary file for diagrams.
(S1) checked from original manuscript by E. Rose (NAU), 1980.

(S2) is an abstract of above. R.R. Clarke (NCM) suggests ?Food Vessel culture with Wessex Culture imports, ?Faience beads.
E. Rose (NAU).

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • BEAD (Undated)
  • COFFIN (Undated)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • BEAD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • COFFIN (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Serial: Blomefield, F. 1805. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk. Vol I. p 547.
---Publication: Die Kunde, N.S.. 1957. [unknown]. p.283.
---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 - Bronze Age. Lynford.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office.
<S2>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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