Record Details

NHER Number:23720
Type of record:Monument
Name:Iron Age ditch


This is the site of a large Iron Age ditch, excavated by the Norfolk Archaeological Unit in 1994, which may be a boundary ditch cutting off the small promontary now occupied by the Roman fort, see NHER 10471, and the village of Burgh Castle. Iron Age and Roman pottery, a Roman brooch, a medieval knife and a post medieval buckle have been found by metal detecting on the site.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4908 0455
Map Sheet:TG40SE

Full description

April 1987.
Formerly Oak Villa Farm Context 1.
Metal detecting find somewhere in field.
Head of hinged Colchester derivative brooch, late 1st century AD, (S4).
A. Gregory (NAU) 9 April 1987.

April 1987.
Context 2 .
Same date and circumstances as above.
Bronze crossbow brooch.
See drawing in file.
A. Gregory (NAU) 20 May 1987.

April 1989. Metal detecting find. Context 3.
Copper alloy figure of eight hook in form of snake.
Possibly Roman, from steelyard?
D. Gurney (NAU) 3 May 1989.

Object now positively identified as 18th/19th century military belt buckle.
D. Gurney (NAU) 28 July 1989

October 1994.
Geophysical survey revealed a few possible pit and ditch type anomalies.
See (S1) in file.
D. Gurney (NLA) 27 October 1994.

November 1994. Context 4. Excavation by NAU.
Several ditches noted, one of extreme length suggested as Iron Age boundary ditch across peninsula; contained briquetage of Iron Age or Roman date.
Iron Age sherds also found.
Flint flakes, medieval iron knife and recent finds.
See (S2) in file.
E. Rose, 22 March 1995.

5/11 November 1996. Watching brief by K.Forrest (NAU).
1.15km of trenches were dug to provide new services for static caravan.
Conditions for observation were poor.
Metal detecting was also carried out but no metal artefacts were recovered.
No archaeological features were seen.
Two pot boilers were the only finds recovered.
See (S3) in file.
J. Percival (NAU), 20 May 1997.

Monument Types

  • BOUNDARY (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • DITCH (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT BOILER (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STEELYARD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • KNIFE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
---Photograph: NAU.
---Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
---Article in serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1995. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1994. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt II pp 230-239. p 232.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
---Photograph: EXL3-4.
<S1>Unpublished document: Ovenden, S.M.. 1994. Report on Geophysical Survey, Cherry Tree Holiday Park, Burgh Castle. 94/106.
<S2>Unpublished document: Ashwin, T.. 1994. NAU Report No. 112. Cherry Tree Holiday Park Burgh Castle December 1994..
<S3>Unpublished document: Forrest, K.. 1997. NAU Report No. 207. A Watching Brief at Cherry Tree Holiday Park, Burgh Castle..
<S4>Illustration: Gregory, T.. 1987. Drawing of a Roman head of hinged Colchester derivative brooch.. Film. 2:1.

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