Information for record number MWA739:
Migration or Early Medieval burial

Summary The site of a possible Anglo Saxon burial dating to the Migration or Early Medieval period. The remains of a sword and a shield boss were found. The site lies to the west of Napton Hill. Possibly more than one burial.
What Is It?  
Type: Burial
Period: Anglo-Saxon (410 AD - 1065 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Napton on the Hill
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 45 61
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 November 1927, during quarrying operations at the W end of Napton Hill, a Saxon internment was found. It was much disturbed before it was realised that it was anything unusual. The owner of the quarry collected what could be found and presented remains to Leamington Museum. Among the several fragments of iron are five parts of sword blade; the weapon must have been about 5 cm wide at its narrowest and nearly 7.5 cm wide at its widest end. The remaining fragments are 74 cm long, but much is missing and it was evidently a particularly long sword. A shield boss, one of the tall pointed type, 13.5 cm in diameter and 16.5 cm high, was also found.
2 No subsequent finds.
3 A letter of Chatwin's in the possession of the OS dated 6.4.37 mentions 'a few Saxon skeletons'. In addition there may have been two shield-bosses.
4 Map.

Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Gazetteer of E A S B
Author/originator: Meaney A
Date: 1964
Page Number: 217
Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: TBAS vol 52
Author/originator: Chatwin P B
Date: 1927
Page Number: 304-7
Volume/Sheet: 52
Source No: 4
Source Type: Map
Title: WM
Author/originator: Morris J M
Page Number: 41NW
Volume/Sheet: Annoted Map
Source No: 2
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: OS Card, 15SE2
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1968
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 15SE2
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source OS Card Ordnance Survey Record Card. Before the 1970s the Ordnance Survey (OS) were responsible for recording archaeological monuments during mapping exercises. This helped the Ordnance Survey to decide which monuments to publish on maps. During these exercises the details of the monuments were written down on record cards. Copies of some of the cards are kept at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. The responsibility for recording archaeological monuments later passed to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments. back
source TBAS Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society is a journal produced by the society annually. It contains articles about archaeological field work that has taken place in Birmingham and Warwickshire in previous years. Copies of the journal are kept by the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
source WM Warwickshire Museum Aerial Photograph Collection. A collection of oblique and vertical aerial photographs and taken by various organisations and individuals, including the Royal Airforce, The Potato Board, Warwickshire Museum. The collection is held at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument MUSEUM * A building, group of buildings or space within a building, where objects of value such as works of art, antiquities, scientific specimens, or other artefacts are housed and displayed. back
monument BURIAL * An interment of human or animal remains. Use specific type where known. If component use with wider site type. Use FUNERARY SITE for optimum retrieval in searches. back
monument QUARRY * An excavation from which stone for building and other functions, is obtained by cutting, blasting, etc. back

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