Record Details

NHER Number:22322
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Mesolithic occupation site

Summary

Fieldwalking undertaken as part of the Fenland Project recovered prehistoric 'pot boilers' (burnt flints) and a small number of Mesolithic worked flints on a low sandy ridge that was emerging from the surrounding peat. The presence of this material suggests that further possible early occupation site are likely to be exposed as peat wastage continues.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 6797 8610
Map Sheet:TL68NE
Parish:HOCKWOLD CUM WILTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

5 March 1986. Fenland Project fieldwalking.
Site HCW 84.
On island just emerging from peat. Sparse spread of flint and 'pot boilers'. The worked flint assemblage was identified as being predominantly Mesolithic and included blade cores, a small number of flakes and blades and a microlith fragment. This particular concentration of Mesolithic was believed to be particularly significant as it suggested that more early occupations sites may well appear as peat wastage continues (S2).

For further details see project archive (S1) and final publication (S2). Finds now held by Norwich Castle Museum.
R.J. Silvester (NAU) 10 March 1986. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 9 September 2013.

1989 to 1990. Fenland Evaluation Project
Auger traverse and excavation of sondage to examine the buried soil, which was sampled.
Dossier prepared for HBMC, see copy in file (S3).
M. Leah (NAU) August 1990

Monument Types

  • BURNT MOUND (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • OCCUPATION SITE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)

Associated Finds

  • POT BOILER (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BLADE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • BLADE CORE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FLAKE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • MICROLITH (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Leah, M. D. (NAU) and Mathews, M. (NAU). 1990. Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission Dossier.

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