Record Details

NHER Number:38467
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmark of possible Neolithic or Bronze Age enclosure

Summary

A curvilinear ditch, perhaps part of a ring ditch or enclosure of Neolithic or Bronze Age date, is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. Its location in the corner of a field, immediately to the south of a modern farm, however, suggests that it might equally be a post medieval or modern agricultural enclosure.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2000 3553
Map Sheet:TG23NW
Parish:HANWORTH, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

February 2004, Norfolk NMP
A curvilinear ditch, perhaps part of a rather irregularly shaped ring ditch or small enclosure, is visible as a cropmark on oblique aerial photographs (S1), centred at TG 2001 3553. It is located in close proximity to a number of probable Bronze Age round barrows, including a linear barrow cemetery 150m to its southeast (NHER 38448). A number of Neolithic ceremonial sites are also known from the area (e.g. NHER 18190). It therefore seems possible that the ditch forms part of a barrow or enclosure of Neolithic or Bronze Age date.

Only the eastern half of the postulated ring ditch or enclosure is visible as a cropmark (S1). This measures 25m wide and at least 27m long.

The enclosure lies in the corner of a field, 5m to the south of a modern farm building which forms part of a farm that has existed since at least the 19th century (S2). It is therefore also plausible that the ditch represents part of a post medieval or modern agricultural feature, such as a stock enclosure.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 23 February 2004

Monument Types

  • CURVILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • BARROW (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • CURVILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • RING DITCH (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • CURVILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A.. 1992. NHER TG 2035AM (NLA 311/GLY8) 15-JUL-1992.
<S2>Map: Bryant, A.. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.

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