Iron Age, Roman and Saxon
The other major discovery came from archaeological excavations in the 1970s, which revealed an Iron Age, Roman & Saxon farmstead settlement where the Harrold-Odell Country Park lake now exists.
Cremation cemeteries datable to the period AD 25 – 50 lay outside the homestead of the early farm. The discovery of bronze brooches with this material, themselves unburnt, suggests that the comminuted bone was originally contained within fastened textile bags or leather pouches.
Pig bones were the evidence for food offerings, while other food and drink could have been contained in some of the twenty-eight pots found buried in the pits. This also suggests offerings to ancestors in the practices of burying the dead.