A Viking carved dragon head, Saxon brooch and Roman coins have all been unearthed as work begins to construct the new Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, at Hillington, near King’s Lynn.
R G Carter Building in King’s Lynn started work in August to build the new 12-bed facility for the charity and archaeologists were called in to oversee the groundworks.
A number of fascinating artefacts were uncovered and taken to the Norfolk Archaeological Unit for investigation and recording.
It is thought the field may once have been at the heart of a larger village settlement that has shrunk over time.
The charity will move from its current home in Snettisham to the new hospice once it is complete. It will work closely with the palliative care unit at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in King’s Lynn.
Lady Jane Dawnay, who is president of the charity’s fundraising appeal, cut the first turf of the new development at a ceremony attended by patients, patrons, trustees, along with the Mayor of West Norfolk and Rob Carter.
Mr Shaw, chief execute of The Norfolk Hospice, said: ‘The people of Norfolk and the Fens urgently need and truly deserve the very highest standard of hospice care for everyone who requires it.’