Record Details

NHER Number:5005
Type of record:Monument
Name:Unidentified earthworks


This is the site of some amorphous earthworks that were once thought to be associated with an Iron Age period floor surface. The earthworks were still visible in 2003, but remain unidentified.


  • Medieval seal matrix from NHER 50005  © Norfolk County Council
  • Medieval seal matrix cast from NHER 50005  © Norfolk County Council
  • Late Saxon strap end from NHER 50005  © Norfolk County Council


Grid Reference:TG 1425 1820
Map Sheet:TG11NW

Full description

Around 1923.
W. G. Clarke reported an 'Iron Age floor' in a shallow sandpit on Swannington Common near Upgate.
R. R. Clarke (NCM) investigated 28 December 1934 and found no surviving evidence.
Site visited August 1975 by E. Rose (NAU). - pit gone but a bumpy area survives, with circular earthwork around 1ft (30cm) high, 8ft (2.4m) across - connected with sandpit?
E. Rose (NAU).

September 1996.
Revisited. Earthwork is much worn down now but still visible under permanent pasture. There is a pond nearby but the
circular embankment is not like that found around some ponds. It is an interesting feature.
E. Rose (NLA),16 September 1996.

February 2003.
Whole area very wet. Amorphous earthworks under rough pasture. A few electric fence posts in pasture - possibly grazed.
H. Paterson (A&E), 14 February 2003.

Monument Types

  • EARTHWORK (Unknown date)
  • FLOOR (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 11 NW 4.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Swannington.

Related records - none

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