Record Details

NHER Number:18389
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible prehistoric burnt mound

Summary

In the 1950s or 1960s a mass of fire cracked flints, about 7m square was discovered when the ground was ploughed for the first time in living memory. Testholes dug at that time showed it was over half a metre thick, and rested on a deep bed of pure clay. Agricultural activity since that time has now destroyed the feature, which was probably a prehistoric burnt mound or potboiler site.

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Location

Grid Reference:TM 2190 8935
Map Sheet:TM28NW
Parish:SHELTON, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1950s or 1960s. Field known as Cottage Garden, where cottages stood in 19th century. Beside dyke that it is an 'old stream course'. Found when land ploughed for first time in living memory.
Mass of fire cracked flints, about 20ft (7m) square. Testholes dug showed it was 3ft (0.6m) thick, resting on deep bed of pure clay. No pottery found. [1]
Now ploughed out of existence.
Ploughing also brought up huge flints, possibly the cottage foundations?
E. Rose (NAU), 23 September 1982.

Possible prehistoric burnt flint mound.
D. Gurney (NLA), 30 January 2007.

Monument Types

  • BURNT MOUND (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • POT BOILER (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)

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