Record Details

NHER Number:11716
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Bronze Age ring ditch

Summary

The cropmarks of a possible Bronze Age round barrow have been identified on aerial photographs, within arable land opposite Coverhill Plantation and Dunston Park. However there is some uncertainty over the archaeological origin of these cropmarks and it is possible that the site relates to either an infilled pit or an underlying geological feature.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2211 0163
Map Sheet:TG20SW
Parish:STOKE HOLY CROSS, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Ring ditch opposite Coverhill Plantation.
Checked by E. Rose (NAU), 20 October 1976.

April 2009. Norfolk NMP.
The presence of the previously identified ring ditch on the oblique aerial photograph (S1) cannot be confirmed due to the drawing on of the potential feature in pencil, obscuring the underlying cropmarks. However a slightly irregular ring ditch can be identified on visible on aerial photographs (S2). The interior of the ditch appears to be lighter, perhaps indicating the former presence of a mound or barrow. However the interior has a slightly mottled appearance in the centre, more characteristic of geological cropmarks or perhaps an artificially unfilled feature, such as a pit. These factors, combined with the fact that the area of the cropmarks looks slightly sunken and sloped in 1988 (S3) could suggest that this does not represent the remains of a Bronze Age round barrow. However given the uncertainty the cropmarks were included within the NMP mapping.
S. Horlock (NMP), 23 April 2009.

Monument Types

  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW? (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1975. NHER TG 2201A (NLA 18/ADT5) 25-JUL-1975.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1996. OS/96247 082-3 22-JUL-1996 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS Surveys Limited. 1988. BKS 0908-9 14-AUG-1988 (NCC 3986-7).

Related records - none

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