Record Details

NHER Number:16162
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age ring ditch

Summary

1977 aerial photography shows the cropmark of a ring ditch. The location of this ring ditch was confirmed by a geophysical survey carried out in 2007. In 2008 an evaluation trench was excavated to investigate this feature, and the ditch was found to be 3m wide.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 6625 0355
Map Sheet:TF60SE
Parish:WEST DEREHAM, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

28 July 1977. NAU air photography.
Cropmark of ring ditch approximately 35m diameter.
D. Edwards (NAU), 29 April 1980.

October 2007. Geophysical Survey.
Geophysical survey of an area to be developed (NHER 50596) revealed several anomalies likely of archaeological origin. Five circular ditches were identified, one of which corresponds with this ring ditch. A negative anomaly in the interior of the ring ditch may indicate former banks.
Information from (S1).
H. Hamilton (NLA), 14 February 2008.

January 2008. Evaluation in advance of proposed extraction.
Trench 3 was located to investigate this ring ditch which was visible on aerial photographs and appeared as a geophysical anomaly (see above). The ditch was approximately 3m wide and 0.7m deep, with gently sloping sides and a slightly concave base. A soil sample from the primary fill of the ditch contained only very sparse flecks of charcoal. Later deposits contained a single sherd of Roman pottery and a Late Saxon copper alloy strap end.
Information from (S2).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 29 May 2008.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 6603A-J.
<S1>Unpublished document: Smalley, R.. 2007. Crimplesham Quarry, Norfolk. Geophysical Survey Report for NAU Archaeology..
<S2>Unpublished document: Bates, S.. 2008. NAU Archaeology Report No. 1754. An Archaeological Evaluation at Crimplesham Replacement Quarry..

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50596Related to: Early Saxon sunken-featured building and multi-period finds, Crimplesham Quarry (Monument)

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