Poorly Located Find Spot record MNL 908 - Findspot of a fragment of a Roman glass vase

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Summary

`Among the objects which I have now the honour of submitting to the Society of Antiquaries, is a fragment of a glass vase, which was found two years ago (1831) in land belonging to me (Sir Henry Bunbury) near the northern extremity of the parish of Mildenhall. Formerly recorded as MNL MISC

Location

Grid reference TL 65 80 (point) (Approximate)
Map sheet TL68SE
Civil Parish MILDENHALL, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

`Among the objects which I have now the honour of submitting to the Society of Antiquaries, ...... is a fragment of a glass vase, which was found two years ago (1831) in land belonging to me (Sir Henry Bunbury) near the northern extremity of the parish of Mildenhall. This vase, when discovered, was entire .... smashed .... The account I have received of the vase is, that it was nearly globular, with a small foot, and having a projecting lip round its opening. The diameter of the body is described to me as having been abut ten inches, or perhaps more; and on the outer surface of the globe were some letters in deep relief. Within this vessel were ashes; and beads were either contained in it or were lying close to it. Not far from the spot where this glass vase was discovered, were found the two vessels of clay, containing Roman coins, which are transmitted herewith, and a portion of a third, likewise containing coins rusted into a mass' (S1).
Near the N extemity of Mildenhall suggests, in the context of Bunbury's letter, a location in the area of Cupola Farm, Peterhouse Farm or the Delph. Note he does not use `near Holywell Row' as he does later in the text for Sax finds. Sir H Bunbury also exhibited a coin hoard in a small vase found near Holywell Row, and another specimen of a similar vase at the first quarterly meeting of the SIA on 8 June 1848 (S2). If former hoards submitted to Soc of Antiquarians in 1833 were returned to Bunbury these probably refer to the same hoards, however, note the lack of a reference to `near Holywell Row' in the former account.
VCH states ` one of the earthen pots containing coins, a glass vase having an inscription in relief, found near Holywell Row in 1833, and a small black vase, exhibited, and the latter presented, by Sir Henry Bunbury' were all in BSEMH (S3).
However, this appears to be a confusion of (S1) & (S2) as the glass vase was described as only a fragment in 1833.
Large hoard of Antoniniani from Holywell Row, 1831 (R1)(R2), probably one of the coin hoards referred to above.

Formerly recorded as MNL MISC

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <S1> (No record type): Bunbury Sir H, Roman & British Antiquities discovered at Mildenhall in Suffolk, Archaeologia, 25, 18.
  • <R1> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. PSIA, 24, 175.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: copy (S1).
  • <R2> (No record type): Numis Chron, 6,4,40.
  • <M2> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Basil Brown archive: volume.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. PSIA, 1, 1849, 24.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: 1911. Victoria County History, Suffolk (VCH). 314.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, XCVIII, 97, 101.
  • <S5> (No record type): Phillips C W, The Fenland in Roman Times, London, 1970, 237,238.
  • <S6> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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Oct 4 2021 2:28PM

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