Record Details

NHER Number:1005
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of an Early Bronze Age round barrow

Summary

This Early Bronze Age barrow was excavated in 1973. The mound had been destroyed by ploughing but excavation identified two irregular scoops on either side of the mound where soil and sand had been removed to build the monument. Bits of cremated bone and Beaker pottery were found. The barrow was part of a cluster of Bronze Age barrows on Harpley Common.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 7621 2794
Map Sheet:TF72NE
Parish:HARPLEY, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Round barrow on common.
About 91m (100 yards) east of NHER 3531. Around 76cm (2 1/2 feet high), 20m (22 yards) diameter. Remains of ditch. Apparently undug apart from rabbits; covered in dense bracken and difficult to identify. ?Ploughed out 1937 to 1938, ditch gone.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

Uncertain whether barrow dug by rabbits or for them.
E. Rose (NLA).

October 1973. Excavation.
Excavated by A. Lawson (NAU). Mound totally destroyed, except for few remnants preserving original ground surface. Scattered collared urn found. Pollen analysis negative. Radiocarbon C14 date 3720 + /- 90 years bp (HAR 486). No ditch. Diameter about 8.3m. Finds also included Beaker, barbed and tanged arrowhead, flint flakes. Medieval sherds in ploughsoil.
See (S1).

May 1983.
Still visible as mound.
D. Edwards (NAU).

March 1991.
Nothing visible in ploughsoil.
H. Paterson (A&E).

Descheduled 1995.

Monument Types

  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • POT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: XV1 to XX111.
---Aerial Photograph: TF7527A-D,TF7528B,D-F,YF7628A-C,TF7627E.
---Article in serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Barrows. The Antiquary. Vol XLIX pp 416-423. p 420.
---Scheduling record: English Heritage. Scheduling Report.
---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 NE 17 [4].
---Unpublished document: Paterson, H. (A&E). Norfolk Ancient Monuments Management Project Site Form.
---Monograph: Lawson, A.. 1976. East Anglian Archaeology.. East Anglian Archaeology. Vol 2.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. Harpley.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Harpley [2].
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Harpley.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Article in serial: Lawson, A.. 1976. The Excavation of a Round Barrow at Harpley.. East Anglian Archaeology. No 2, pp 45-64.

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