Fantastic Finds

A wealth of archaeological finds has been discovered in Breckland. Just in Beachamwell itself we saw at last year’s Local History Open Day the range of items found in gardens or fields in and around our village.  Artefacts on display stretched from the recent past as far back as the Palaeolithic.

Bronze Age dagger found in Beachamwell
Bronze Age dagger found in Beachamwell

But would you recognise the pin of a Roman brooch or an Anglo-Saxon loom weight if you found one? Can you tell the difference between Mesolithic and Neolithic flint tools? A forthcoming training day at Gressenhall should help answer these and many other similar questions. Organised by Breaking New Ground and delivered by staff from the Norfolk County Council Historic Environment Service, the day will teach you what to look out for and where to go for further advice and help with identification. In addition a flint knapper will be on hand to demonstrate how stone tools were made.

For an idea of the kinds of archaeological finds that have already been discovered locally visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme website at and search for Beachamwell. The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a DCMS funded project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered throughout the UK, many of these by metal-detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. This site also offers useful advice on the identification of finds.

Fantastic Finds – Saturday 11 March, 2017. 10am – 4pm
Union House, Gressenhall, NR20 4DR
Free, but must be booked in advance. Further details and booking at

To see details of other events in this area of possible interest to local historians please visit our What’s On page

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