Record Details

NHER Number:24866
Type of record:Monument
Name:Beaker occupation site (Site 8)


Late Neolithic, Early Bronze Age and Beaker finds from this site over a number of years suggest that it was occupied from the Late Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age. The material from this site was originally found across several fields in discrete concentrations, but it is now difficult to distinguish between different clusters of finds. The finds are associated with a number of other Beaker sites in the immediate area.

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Grid Reference:TL 695 876
Map Sheet:TL68NE

Full description

1959 to 60. Ploughing of old Ordnance Survey Field 466, 614 and 616, which had been permanent pasture.
Revealed ovoid area approx. 240m x 230m.
Occupying most of old Ordnance Survey Field 466 and 616.
Concentrations of Beaker and Rusticated pottery, animal bone and pot boilers found, see (S1).
Individual concentrations investigated by [1].
His sites 1 to 5 and Drain Bank Site or Drain Bank Drove Site. See (S2)
Individual concentrations not initially distinguished in NHER.
Finds accessed in 1960 are probably from several sites in ovoid area.
2 stone axes (N57, group VI and N58, epidorite).
952 sherds/9.9 kg of pottery.
Overwhelming Bronze Age plain wares. Including Biconical Urn.
Neolithic bowl.
Fine and rusticated Beaker.
Food Vessel.
Collared Urn and fired clay.
2 bone points.
Bone needle.
Perforated bone disc.
Perforated eagle claw.
Unworked animal bone.

This site is associated with a number of other Beaker and Bronze Age sites in the immediate area. The surface finds and excavated areas seem to be grouped in distinct clusters, although it is difficult to establish the exact relationship between them. Although the features recorded are not enough to imply a permanent settlement, the finds recovered indicate that Beaker and Bronze Age activity in this area was more than a temporary occupation site.
See (S3) and (S4) for more details.
S. Spooner (NLA) 9 March 2006

Monument Types

  • OCCUPATION SITE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • OCCUPATION SITE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • OCCUPATION SITE (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • WORKED OBJECT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POLISHED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • PLANO CONVEX KNIFE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • POT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Clough, T. H. Mck. and Green, B. 1972. The petrological identification of stone implements from East Anglia. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol 38 pp 108-155.
---Monograph: Longworth, I. H. 1984. Collared Urns: Of the Bronze Age in Great Britain and Ireland. Vol 38, 137-8, 148, 154.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Publication: Clarke, R.R.. 1959-60. NCM records.
<S2>Publication: Curtis, W.F. 1959 onwards. Curtis papers. Curtis papers. corpus nos 940,944.
<S3>Monograph: Bamford, H. 1982. Beaker Domestic Sites in the Fen Edge and East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 16.
<S4>Monograph: Healy, F. 1996. The Fenland Project, Number 11: The Wissey Embayment: Evidence for pre-Iron Age Occupation. East Anglian Archaeology. No 78.

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