Record Details

NHER Number:16258
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Neolithic lithic working site, multi-period cropmarks and finds

Summary

Cropmarks are visible on aerial photographs, and fieldwalking and metal detecting have led to the discovery of multi-period finds and a possible Neolithic lithic working site. The cropmarks include a ring ditch which may be the remains of a Bronze Age barrow and possible medieval enclosures and a hollow way. The objects include numerous Neolithic flint artefacts, a Beaker dagger, a Roman bracelet, medieval/post medieval pottery sherds and metalwork and a 15th century gilt bronze figurine of the Virgin Mary.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 13 06
Map Sheet:TG10NW
Parish:GREAT MELTON, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

The cropmarks described below are now recorded as part of NHER 53665.

1979. Fieldwalking. Melton Park.
Four concentrations of Neolithic flint, medieval pottery, building material and statuette (see (S1) and (S2)), Roman bracelet, post medieval finds.

1980.
Medieval belt hook found, also Neolithic flint.

1981. Fieldwalking.
Medieval to post medieval metalwork.

1984.
Two hones found.

1986. Metal detecting.
Medieval to post medieval metalwork, and Beaker flint.

20 June and 3 July 1990. NAU aerial photograpy.
Cropmarks of ring ditch and square enclosure.
See detailed lists in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 28 February 1990.

2 July 1996. NLA aerial photography.
In addition to the square enclosure there are several ditches which are probably part of an early field system.
Running through the park is a sinuous ditch/hollow way, which turns into an earthwork to the southeast.
Adjacent to this is a small rectangular enclosure, with possible internal divisions.
S. Massey (NLA), 26 July 2001.

18 May 2006. Metal detecting.
Medieval and medieval/post medieval metal objects.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 15 September 2006.

June 2010. Norfolk NMP.
The cropmarks described above are now recorded as part of NHER 53665.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 14 June 2010.

Monument Types

  • LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • SQUARE ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • LITHIC WORKING SITE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • FLAKE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • DAGGER (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CRUCIFIX (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FIGURINE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • QUERN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WHETSTONE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOOK FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VESSEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VESSEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG 1306 K,L-Q; TG1406 K-N.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 1306Z - AE.
---Photograph: I & RS. Digital finds image.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Article in serial: Margeson, S.. 1980. 15th Century Figure of Virgin Mary from Great Melton. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVII Pt III pp 355-356.
<S2>Unpublished document: Margeson, S.. 15th Century Figure of Virgin Mary from Great Melton.

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