Record Details

NHER Number:38657
Type of record:Monument
Name:Earthworks of possible medieval ridge and furrow

Summary

An area of possible ridge and furrow, perhaps dating to the medieval period, is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2202 3732
Map Sheet:TG23NW
Parish:ROUGHTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

June 2004, Norfolk NMP.
An area of possible ridge and furrow, perhaps dating to the medieval period, is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs (S1), centred at TG 2202 3733. The ridges appear to run up two sides of a natural gully, a topographical setting which is not entirely convincing for such features. Morphologically the ridges are also rather irregular, and at approximately 8m wide are perhaps wider than is usual for such features. Alternatively, the earthworks might represent some other form of drainage feature, but given the location of the site on a hillside in what might be expected to be a well-drained position, this seems less plausible than their interpretation as ridge and furrow. The width of the ridges and their slightly sinuous shape in plan may indicate that they are medieval in date.

On the 1946 aerial photographs the ridges appear to have been cut at 90 degrees by a more recent drain which follows the bottom of the gully. Later aerial photographs indicate that the earthworks were levelled at some time after this date.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 4 June 2004.

Monument Types

  • DRAINAGE SYSTEM (Unknown date)
  • RIDGE AND FURROW (Unknown date)
  • RIDGE AND FURROW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1606 6147-8 27-JUN-1946 (NMR).

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