Record Details

NHER Number:15910
Type of record:Monument
Name:Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age features at Bittering Quarry

Summary

Excavations in advance of gravel quarrying. Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age pits and a buried soil were discovered, along with pottery and worked flints. Iron Age features included a post hole alignment that was at least 110m long, a four post structure, other post holes and pits. Iron Age pottery was collected from many of the Iron Age features.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 9240 1721
Map Sheet:TF91NW
Parish:BEESTON WITH BITTERING, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

April-May 1980. Excavations in advance of gravel extraction.
Site is north of junction of east to west aligned Roman road (NHER 2796) with Launditch (NHER 7235).
North to south alignment of post holes, some with Iron Age sherds At least 110m long.
Alignment shown by excavation to extend full length of field south of site of Bell Hall, roughly parallel with ditch of Launditch, lying 25m to 31m east of edge of present ditch.
Scatter of sherds, some associated with shallow features, Iron Age and Late Bronze Age?
Beaker pits, buried soil, flint and pottery
Two Roman sherds, no identifiable Early Saxon material.
Newspaper cutting (S1) in file and see (S4) for short summary.
A.Rogerson (NAU), 25 July 1980.

Full publication in (S2) and (S3).

Monument Types

  • PIT ALIGNMENT (Undated)
  • POST HOLE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • PIT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • GRANARY (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • PALISADE (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • PIT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (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 (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 9217A-C.
---Thesis: Garrow, D.. 2006. Pits, Settlement and Deposition during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age in East Anglia. during the Neolithic and Early Pits, Settlement and Deposition during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age in East Anglia.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Article in serial: Garrow, D. 2007. Placing Pits: Landscape Occupation and Depositional Practice During the Neolithic in East Anglia. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol 73 pp 1-24.
---Photograph: BPY 1-12, BMZ, BPJ.
<S1>Newspaper Article: 1981. Eastern Daily Press. 28 February.
<S2>Article in monograph: Wymer, J. J. and Healy, F. 1996. Neolithic and Bronze Age Activity and Settlement at Longham and Beeston with Bittering. Barrow Excavations in Norfolk, 1984-88. East Anglian Archaeology. Wymer, J. J. No 77 pp 28-53.
<S3>Article in serial: Ashwin, T. 1999. The Launditch and its Setting: Excavations at the Launditch, Beeston with Bittering, and Iron Age features and finds from it vicinity. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt II pp 217-256.
<S4>Article in serial: Youngs, S. M. and Clark, J. 1981. Medieval Britain in 1980. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XXV pp 166-228. pp173-174.

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