Monument record BML 009 - Saxon artefact scatter (Sax)

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Fieldwalking by J Newman in 1984 produced Early Saxon and Ipswich ware pottery. Also findspot of the 'Bromeswell bucket' and other metal detected finds. Also geophysical surveys.


Grid reference Centred TM 2891 4935 (100m by 100m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM24NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

1984: fieldwalking by J Newman (SAU) produced Early Saxon and Ipswich ware pottery.
In January 1986 fieldwalking (John Newman, SAU) revealed more sherds of Early Saxon and Ipswich ware, all from a broad spread in the SE corner of the field (S1).
In late October 1986, the farmer ploughed to 10 inches rather than 8 inches and subsequently bronze bowl fragments decorated with a `Nubian' lion hunt scene of Coptic origins ? C7 (R1) harrowed out (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s). `C6, with punched inscription in Greek, translating to "Use this in good health, master count, for many happy years". For detailed description & discussion see (S2). Further remains of this bucket detected 'in-situ' with cremated human bones in 2012 (see below) - clearly another burial, excavation to follow.
Early November 1986, gold coin pendant with coin of Honorius, metal detected (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s).
Other finds include Early Saxon chip carved fragment, a facetted pin head and an annular brooch fragment.
1995: One PMed(?) sherd and one hand-made sherd with plentiful vegetable temper voids and some sand and fine mica inclusions (`IA' or ESax?)(S3). Also BA spear fragment.
Circa 1998-2000: geophysical survey by SCCAS/NT as part of visitor centre project (See BML 018)- detail O/S.
July 2000: Metal detector survey located further Sax, Rom, Med & PMed items (S4) & see Portable Antiquities scans etc. Copy of report held by Angus Wainright, National Trust. Report also prepared by Chris fern for publication - not yet seen by HBSMR.
2001: Geophysical survey by Paul Linton, English Heritage (Linton 2002 - probably an internal EH report? - reports only briefly summarised in Carver 2005). Not seen by HBSMR.
2012 (26-28 April): A metal detector surveyrecovered four further fragments from the Bromeswell Bucket. All fragments of this objects found in 2012 were associated with a geophysical anomaly associated with modern ground disturbance. This suggests any future attempt to excavate and record an area around the findspot of the Bromeswell Bucket would be advantageous from a conservation point of view as the associated deposits may already be compromised see BML 037 for details.
For excavation of nearby ESax cemetery see BML 018.

Sources/Archives (9)

  • --- Unpublished document: Gardner, R. and Sommers, M.. 2013. Metal Detecting Survey, Garden Field, Sutton Hoo, Bromeswell.
  • <R1> (No record type): British Museum, verbal, unattributed, November 1986.
  • <S1> (No record type): SAU (Newman J), field report,.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: site plan, field report, (S3)(S4).
  • <S2> (No record type): Mango, M.M.. Mango M M et al, Antiquity, 63, June 1989, (239), 295-311.
  • <M2> (No record type): Photographs: BGK 10-20, BGN 1-10, BGO 6-10 colour.
  • <S3> (No record type): Copp A per SAU (Plouviez J), finds report, April 1995.
  • <M3> Digital archive: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. Portable Antiquities Database.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Finds Report. SAU, Newman J, note & finds list from metal detector survey, July 2000.

Finds (12)

Protected Status/Designation

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Record last edited

Jul 20 2013 2:06PM

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