Record Details

NHER Number:3780
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age bowl barrow near Mink Patches


A Bronze Age bowl barrow survives as an earthwork mound. Neolithic or Bronze Age flint flakes and a flint arrowhead have been found on the barrow.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7944 1947
Map Sheet:TF71NE

Full description

Tumulus, very irregular near spot height 292 on south edge heath.
Covered by bushes and bracken; many rabbit burrows.
23m (26yds) diameter, 91cm (3') high.
Bowl barrow.
A. Q. Watson, 27 February 1938.
R. R. Clarke (NCM) 30 January 1955, see (S1).

22 June 1978. Field Observation and Stray Find.
John Nicholls reports barrow now as having a few trees on it still about 34m (80') diameter.
Found Neolithic tranchet-type flint arrowhead, finely worked flake on one side, some working on edge of smooth side. Also 2 Neolithic flint scrapers.
Details from King's Lynn Museum.
Information from (S2), which also has a rough outline sketch of the Neolithic arrowhead.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 2 July 2018.

16 March 1976.
Irregular mound 19 x 36m, 1m high. Covered in elders.
A. J. Lawson (NAU)

August 1983.
Paced as 22 x 29 metres.
Very doubtful as barrow.
Sycamore trees.
J. Wymer (NAU)

Scheduled, despite last entry.
1m high 25m diameter east to west, 17.5m north to south, subcircular with flat top.
Truncated by road.
E. Rose (NLA) 1 September 1995.

Situated about 350m west of Peddar's Way, on the high ground of former Massingham Heath.
Stands to about 1m high, subcircular about 25m east to west, about 17.5m north to south, truncated by road.
Supports 20 sycamore trees, bracken, brambles, with some grass cover. Ploughing has cut into the east side of the mound.
H. Paterson (A&E), 25 November 1998.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • TRANSVERSE ARROWHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FLAKE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • TRANSVERSE ARROWHEAD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status

  • Management Statement
  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 71 NE 5.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: CXT 4.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF176.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF176.
<S1>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Massingham.
<S2>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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