Record Details

NHER Number:5668
Type of record:Monument
Name:Viking burial


In 1867 workmen digging gravel found a skeleton buried with two brooches and a sword. The brooches and sword are both Scandinavian in style and the inhumation is a very important example of a Viking burial. The brooches are of 'tortoise type' and are made of gilt copper alloy with twisted threads of silver.

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Grid Reference:TL 8296 8742
Map Sheet:TL88NW

Full description

Very important Viking double burial found - sword and brooches.
See full details and list of references in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 17 May 1990.

'During the course of the year 1867 some men employed in raising gravel at Santon, found a skeleton laid at full length about two feet below the surface. The spot where the burial had taken place is on the slope of the hill to the north of the church, and at no great distance from the River Ouse'. With the skeleton were found an iron Scandinavian sword and two characteristic Scandinavian 'tortoise' brooches (S2). The original account indicates this is unlikely to be a double burial.
See (S1).
M. Dennis (NLA), 23 May 2006.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BROOCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • SWORD (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 88 NW 6 [2].
---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 - Late Saxon. Lynford [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Article in Serial: Greenwell, W. 1870. Scandinavian Brooches found at Santon, in Norfolk. Vol IV Pt 4 pp 208-217.
<S1>Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. pp 347-350.
<S2>Illustration: Unknown. Unknown. Drawing of a Late Saxon brooch.. Card. 2:1.

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