Record Details

NHER Number:2301
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age round barrow and cremation


A Bronze Age round barrow, which was excavated in 1931, when a Middle Bronze Age cremation was discovered. The barrow was not observed during a site visit in March 1974.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7760 2101
Map Sheet:TF72SE

Full description

August 1931.
Tumulus situated 62m (68 yds) from edge of heath.
Diameter about 7.3m (8 yds), height 76cm (2 1/4 ft).
See (S1) when an urn was removed and placed in Norwich Castle Museum.
Middle Bronze Age cremation.
R. R. Clarke (NCM)

March 1974.
The previous excavation found an urn inverted in layer of charcoal and burnt earth, little bone, a few flints; in pit below mound. The barrow was not visible on the ploughed field during the site visit 8 March 1974.
A. J. Lawson (NAU).

Urn is a collared urn.
See Sheet in file.
E. Rose (NAU).

This barrow is likely to form part of a Bronze Age barrow cemetery (NHER 55865), which includes five other barrows.
A. Cattermole (HES), 25 July 2011.

August 2011. Field visit.
No earthwork/barrow present.
D. Robertson (HES), 23 August 2011.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Serial: East Anglian Archaeology. Vol XII.
---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 SE 8.
---Illustration: Unknown. Drawing of a Middle Bronze Age cinerary urn fragment.. Card. 1:1.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Massingham [1].
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Article in serial: Watson, A. Q. 1931. Tumulus on Massingham Heath Excavated August 27th, 1931. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol VI Pt IV pp 375-376.

Related records

55865Part of: Bronze Age barrow cemetery, Massingham Heath (Landscape)

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