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 68 yds [62m] from edge of heath.
Diameter about 8 yds [7.3m], height 2 1/4 ft [76cm].
The excavation of the barrow in 1931 saw the removal of an urn that were placed in Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1932.13). See sketch (S1) and published report (S2) for further details.
Information from (S3).
The vessel in the NCM has been identified as an Early Bronze Age Collared Urn - see gazetteer sheet in file.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 27 February 2018.

March 1974. Field Observation.
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.
See (S4).
A. J. Lawson (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 (Early Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 1501 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 SE 8.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: [Unknown]. [Unknown]. Rough sketch of an Early Bronze Age Collared Urn. Card. 1:1.
<S2>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.
<S3>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Massingham [1].
<S4>Monograph: Lawson, A. J., Martin, E., Priddy, D. and Taylor, A. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 12.

Related records

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

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