Record Details

NHER Number:3667
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age bowl barrow on Massingham Common


This is one of two Bronze Age bowl barrows on Massingham Common, which is now visible as a slight earthwork.

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Grid Reference:TF 8058 2073
Map Sheet:TF82SW

Full description

Bowl barrow 152m (500ft) southeast of NHER 3666.
Ditch and external bank 28m (92ft) diameter overall. Height of mound 1.5m (5ft). Ditch 3m (10ft) wide; slightly oval plan, long axis north to south. Bank 1.5m (5ft) wide.
Overgrown with bushes. Gravel pit to south has cut into ditch in 1936. Many rabbit burrows.
R. R. Clarke (NCM)

Barrow about 27m (90ft) diameter and 1.2m (4ft) high.
Very overgrown with bushes. Stands on north edge of deep gravel pit.
Rest of common now cultivated and ditch which surrounds barrow has been partly ploughed away on north.
M. W. Thompson from (S1), November 1959.

Could not be found; either quarried away, ploughed flat or in dense plantation to north.
A. J. Lawson (NAU) 16 March 1976.

(S2) makes it clear this is the scheduled barrow, not NHER 3668 as formerly entered.
E. B. Green (NCM), April 1984.

(S2) in file, scheduled with NHER 3666.

Slight rise in ground of old heathland, between 2 sections of plantation. Information from gamekeeper [1] with 40 years employment on estate that barrow had been flattened 15 years ago, as it was being 'quarried' by villagers, and decimated by rabbits.
H. Paterson (A&E) March 1991.

Monument Types

  • BOWL BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Designation: Corbishley, M.. 1983. AM107.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: East Anglian Archaeology. East Anglian Archaeology. Vol XII.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Massingham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF427.
<S1>Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF427.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF427.

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