Record Details

NHER Number:38562
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of ring ditches

Summary

Two ring ditches, probably the remains of Bronze Age round barrows, are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. They lie in an area notable for its evidence of prehistoric ceremonial and funerary activity. A Neolithic cursus has been identified 600m to their south (NHER 18190), and further ring ditches lie to their north-west and north-east. They appear to be respected by later features to their east, including at least two Iron Age square barrows (NHER 38476) and three trackways of similar date (NHER 38483).

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2085 3681
Map Sheet:TG23NW
Parish:ROUGHTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

March 2004, Norfolk NMP
The cropmarks described below were previously recorded as NHER 12847.

Two ring ditches are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs (S1-3), centred at TG 2085 3681. Given their location, in an area notable for its density of sites associated with Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial and funerary activity, they are most likely to be the remains of Bronze Age round barrows. The fact that they are skirted by three tracks of probable Iron Age date (NHER 38483) suggests that they survived as earthworks until at least this date; the siting of at least two Iron Age square barrows (NHER 38476) 80m to their east suggests that they remained significant features during this period.

Both ring ditches are rather sub-circular in plan and of a similar size, measuring approximately 25m in diameter. The cropmark of the north-eastern ring ditch is less clear than that to the south-west, and breaks in its circuit may reflect the cropmark being masked rather than genuine causeways. Pit-like features are visible within both ring ditches, but the nature of the background geology makes it impossible to tell from the consulted photographs whether these are archaeological in origin.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 1 April 2004

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1976. NHER TG 2036B-C (NLA 28/AFD6-7) 01-JUL-1976.
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. NHER TG 2036AM (NLA 341/HZQ15) 06-JUL-1994.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS. 1988. BKS 2367-8 03-SEP-1988 (NCC 4561-2).

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