A collection of 14th century treasures has been uncovered by archaeologists working on a £70m housing development site in Norwich.
The treasure found at the St Anne’s Quarter site by archaeologists comprises ancient coins, human remains, oyster shells, pottery and painted glass – amongst other rare findings. Perhaps the most valuable and interesting find was a 300+ year old silver-gilded dress fastener.
Excavation on the site by local archaeologists Norwich Property Services began in May and was sanctioned by Orbit Homes, who are planning to build 437 homes on the site.
Orbit Homes Construction Project Manager, Max Barnes is delighted with the findings, saying “It’s incredibly exciting to have discovered these historical artefacts, including some treasure. We know a lot of activity took place at this site in the Saxon era, so these items are helping us to build a better of picture of the local history.”
“We are working closely with the county archaeological service and have appointed a local specialist firm to carry out the excavations, who are recording all the findings. We hope to donate the artefacts to the Norfolk Museums Service, for further study and display.”
The site is known to have a rich history, originally housing a medieval Friary. The friary closed down in the 16th century and the site became property of the Duke of Norfolk, who went on to build the stately Howard House. Having also acquired this listed building, Orbit Homes have submitted an application to renovate Howard House and bring the tired looking building back to its former glory.
Orbit Homes are part of Orbit Group, who own a stock of 4,427 affordable homes across the East of England. The development will begin towards the end of summer and is due to be completed in 2019. The finished site will provide much-needed tenures to the area, including homes for private ownership, shared ownership, affordable rental and private-rent.
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