Record Details

NHER Number:42050
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of probable Late Neolithic or Bronze Age round barrow

Summary

A double concentric ring ditch, probably the remains of a Late Neolithic or Bronze Age round barrow, is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. It is one of several ring ditches to be identified in this area; others include NHER 42237 255m to the northeast and NHER 42048 378m to the south. Collectively, these ring ditches almost certainly represent a dispersed group of prehistoric funerary monuments.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 4892 1498
Map Sheet:TG41SE
Parish:ORMESBY ST MARGARET WITH SCRATBY, GREAT YARMOUTH, NORFOLK

Full description

December 2005. Norfolk NMP.
A double concentric ring ditch is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs (S1), centred at TG 4893 1499. It is most likely to represent the remains of a prehistoric burial mound, one of several to be identified in the area. Its relatively large size and its complexity (compared to NHER 12179, for example) indicates that it could be of Late Neolithic or Bronze Age date. It is passed on its north side by a linear ditch which has been interpreted as part of a complex of medieval to post medieval field boundaries and trackways (NHER 27263). The fact that the ditch appears to respect the barrow site suggests that the latter still survived as an earthwork when the field boundaries were laid out.

Both the inner and outer ditch are roughly circular in shape. The diameter of the outer ditch is approximately 36.75m; the diameter of the inner ditch is approximately 21m. Breaks in the circuit of both ditches are as likely to be caused by the cropmarks being obscured as by the presence of genuine causeways. It should be noted that the outer ditch is rather ephemeral and could be a product of the underlying geology at the site rather than the presence of an archaeological feature.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 20 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1986. NHER TG 4815C-D (NLA 184/DCX3-4) 29-JUL-1986.

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