Record Details

NHER Number:38658
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of a possible prehistoric ditched enclosure

Summary

A possible sub-circular ditched enclosure of probable prehistoric date is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs of this area. It lies in an area of known prehistoric ceremonial and funerary activity and morphologically has the appearance of an enclosure of this date. The cropmark is rather narrow and faint and as such there is the possibility that it is a geological rather than archaeological feature.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2061 3697
Map Sheet:TG23NW
Parish:SUSTEAD, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

June 2004, Norfolk NMP.
A possible enclosure is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs (S1), centred at TG 2061 3697. The surrounding area is notable for its evidence of prehistoric ceremonial and funerary activity, such as the Bronze Age barrow cemetery 250m to its northwest (NHER 38580). Morphologically, a prehistoric date for the enclosure seems plausible but remains open to question. In addition, the fact that the cropmark is visible on only one set of aerial photographs, and on these is rather narrow and faint, means that the archaeological rather than geological origin of the cropmark is also in doubt.

The enclosure is sub-circular in plan and defined by a narrow ditch. It measures approximately 75m long and 70m wide. Openings at its north and south ends may be genuine entrances or the product of the cropmark being masked. Conversely, due to the rather obscure nature of the cropmark, there may be breaks in the sides of the enclosure which were not clear enough to map.
See (S1).
S. Tremlett (NMP) 7 June 2004.

Monument Types

  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • SUB CIRCULAR ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SUB CIRCULAR ENCLOSURE (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS. 1987. BKS 3481-2 04-JUL-1987 (NCC 0173-4).

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