Record Details

NHER Number:12829
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of ring ditches

Summary

A group of seven ring ditches, probably relating to Bronze Age round barrows, are visible on aerial photographs. An isolated ring ditch and rectilinear enclosure cropmarks previously recorded as part of this number are now recorded separately (NHER 43346 and 43348). This group of ring ditches form the core of a dispersed barrow cemetery. They are located at approximately 47m OD on a northwest facing slope at the head of a small dry valley. The valley divides around the small headland on which the cemetery sits, with the remainder of the cemetery lying to its north and south.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 7342 3763
Map Sheet:TF73NW
Parish:SEDGEFORD, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Group of six ring ditches, two adjoining, some in enclosures.
Located by E. Rose (NAU), 14 September 1977.

August 2006. Norfolk NMP.
A group of seven ring ditches, probably relating to Bronze Age round barrows, are visible on aerial photographs (S1-S4). The central grid reference for these cropmarks has been amended from TF 7340 3770 to TF 7342 3763. An isolated ring ditch and rectilinear enclosure cropmarks previously recorded as part of this number are now recorded separately (NHER 43346, NHER 43348). A total of seven ring ditches are present. This includes five that were originally identified and two new ones which had not previously been recorded. Three of the known ring ditches are located together in the eastern part of the group around TF 7349 3763. These include two sub-circular ring ditches with 2.5m wide ditches and external diameters of 30m and 33m. The third ring ditch in the eastern part of the group is incomplete and has a 17m wide gap on its western side. This ring ditch also has a 2.5m wide ditch with a sub-circular plan and an external diameter of 25m.

The remaining two ring ditches that had previously been identified are located in the centre of the group at TF 7339 3766 and have adjoining ditches. Both of these ring ditches are sub-circular in plan with 4m wide ditches and have external diameters of 38m and 40m. The southernmost of these two ring ditches in incomplete and has a 13.5m wide gap on it southern side. It is possible that this is a deliberate entrance. The sixth ring ditch that was originally recorded as part of this group is located 160m further north and is now recorded separately (NHER 43346).

Two previously unrecorded ring ditch cropmarks are located in the western part of the group at TF 7335 3760. The northernmost of the two is sub-circular in plan with a ditch of up to 3m in width and an external diameter of 36m. This ring ditch overlaps with a smaller circular ring ditch, which has a narrow ditch and an external diameter of 21m. It is likely that all of these ring ditches are of Bronze Age date and that they relate to round barrows. This group of ring ditches form the core of a dispersed barrow cemetery (NHER 45008). They are located on a small headland overlooking the point at which a small dry valley divides into two and are situated on a northwest facing slope at approximately 47m OD. Further ring ditch cropmarks forming the rest of the barrow cemetery are located to the north (NHER 12830-1, 43346-7) and south (NHER 43337).
J. Albone (NMP), 23 Aug 2006.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1976. NHER TF 7337A-E (NLA 35/AGN21-5) 27-JUL-1976.
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1976. NHER TF7337F-G (NLA 35/AGP1-2) 27-JUL-1976.
<S3>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1976. NHER TF 7338D (NLA 35/AGP5) 27-JUL-1976.
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS. 1988. BKS 2444-5 03-SEP-1988 (NCC 4631-2).

Related records

45008Part of: Bronze Age barrow cemetery (Landscape)

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