Monument record BNH 010 - The Nunnery (Rom)

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'The Nunnery' visited by Basil Brown and D Lawrence after a Roman urn with cremation had been found.


Grid reference Centred TL 884 804 (137m by 124m)
Map sheet TL88SE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

This site, on bank of Little Ouse river, is called The Nunnery and lies W of the IA site excavated by R Rainbird Clarke in 1959 on the Norfolk side of the river. Cyril Pratt a dragline driver, had found a complete Rom urn containing cremated bones and sherds of IA pottery, and Basil Brown and D Lawrence paid a visit to the site after the report of the find. Pieces of timber had been dredged from the river together with two pieces of Rom pottery, one of which was Samian and was retained by Mr Lawrence. Basil Brown kept specimens of the timbers, one almost certainly a post and stored them at his home (S1)(S2). See also Neo & IA.
Details of cremation suggest it came from TL 864 797. Possibly male adult represented. Pot found circa 1970, cleaning topsoil to expose gravel. Diss Museum hold pot in exhibtion. Said to have been found 4'6" down and to have been "sealed with unfired clay and grass stems". Contained cremated bone (which had been sorted from soil). Stylistically probably C2-C3. Suggestion it did not come from BNH 010 location although descriptions are similar. Unclear whether this is BNH 010 or a second urn. S3, S4

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, card index 31.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Basil Brown archive: card index.
  • <S2> (No record type): SAU (Plouviez J), SMR card,.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Finds Report. Plouviez, J., SCCAS. 22/08/1996.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Letter. T. Holt Wilson to J. Plouviez, SCCAS. 08/08/1996.

Finds (3)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Sep 12 2006 11:36AM

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