Record Details

NHER Number:37729
Type of record:Monument
Name:Prehistoric circular pit, possible Late Saxon or medieval field system

Summary

Excavation in 2003 on this site revealed a large prehistoric circular pit which may originally have been associated with a Bronze Age 'burnt mound'. An irregularly-shaped hollow also contained burnt flint. A series of possible Late Saxon narrow ditches were probably the remains of a field system, and a scatter of residual Late Saxon ceramics suggests a pre-medieval origin. During the medieval period the field system was modified, and a curvilinear ditch appears to define the western side of a droveway. A much more substantial rectilinear field system clearly replaced the narrow strip fields and two parallel ditches could have formed another droveway.

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Location

Grid Reference:TG 232 311
Map Sheet:TG23SW
Parish:SUFFIELD, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

November 2002 - January 2003. Geophysical survey. Bacton to King's Lynn Transco pipeline. Construction section 44, plot number 48.
Geophysical survey identified a significant number of linear anomalies.
See (S1).
J. Allen (NLA), 25 August 2006.

March - August 2003. Excavation.
Excavation revealed a prehistoric large circular pit which may originally have been associated with a Bronze Age 'burnt mound'. An irregular shaped hollow also contained burnt flint. Possibly the mound was levelled and the flints re-deposited during the medieval period.
A series of ?Late Saxon narrow ditches were probably the remains of a field system, a scatter of residual Late Saxon ceramics perhaps suggests a pre-Conquest origin.
During the medieval period the field system was modified, and a curvilinear ditch appears to define the western side of a droveway. A much more substantial rectilinear field system clearly replaced the narrow strip fields and two parallel ditches could have formed another droveway.
See (S2).
J. Allen (NLA), 25 August 2006.

Monument Types

  • BURNT MOUND (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • PIT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • DITCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD?)
  • FIELD SYSTEM (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD?)
  • PIT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD?)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DROVE ROAD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FIELD SYSTEM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DRAIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • SAMPLE (Unknown date)
  • XFIRED CLAY (Unknown date)
  • BLADE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BURNT FLINT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUTTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Pre-Construct Geophysics. 2003. Fluxgate Gradiometer and Magnetic Susceptibility Surveys: Bacton to King's Lynn Gas Pipeline. Pre-Construct Geophysics.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Network Archaeology. 2004. Bacton to King's Lynn Natural Gas Pipeline. Post-Excavation Assessment of Potential for Analysis and Updated Project Design. Network Archaeology. pp 66-69.

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