This is the largest Early Saxon cemetery excavated in this country with 2259 cremations and 57 inhumations.
The first catalogue contains the cremation urns and grave-goods from the north-west part of the cemetery, excavated between 1972 and 1975. The urns are arranged according to decoration, all the stamps drawn, and stamp-linked groups identified. All the grave-good types are described and discussed. The catalogue of grave-goods should be used in conjunction with an updated list on microfiche in EAA 67.
The introduction describes the history of antiquarian interest in the site from 1711 onwards, looks at the field names and the origin of ‘Spong’, and places the site into the known archaeological history of the area.
The importance and potential of the cemetery is assessed and suggested lines of enquiry that can be pursued once it is complete.
Catherine Hills, 1977. 'The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Spong Hill, North Elmham, Part I: Catalogue of Cremations', East Anglian Archaeology 6