UK Power Networks cable, S of Grammar School, Bridge St
Thetford, Norfolk

Site Code
ENF 140804
OASIS Number
252891
Site Type
Monitoring
Period
Medieval, Post Medieval,
Report Number
2016_097

Summary

The excavation of a cable trench along a footpath to the south of Thetford Grammar School was monitoring for archaeological features, deposits and finds. A previous service trench, dug in the 1970s, had revealed disarticulated human and animal bone.

The present cable trench was dug to a maximum depth of 0.7m. Under footpath surfaces, a thick dark humic deposit was encountered. Within this a number of disarticulated bones were found but within the eastern half of the footpath at least three articulated human skeletons were recorded. All three skeletons appeared to be partly truncated. It is likely that at least some of the dark humic deposit represents grave fill of intercutting burials and it is possible that further burials survive at a greater depth than the cable trench. These burials could be related to the Dominican Friary to the north but the Norman Cathedral and the medieval hospital Domus Dei were also in the vicinity so these graves could beassociated with these.