Record Details

NHER Number:40213
Type of record:Monument
Name:Multi-period site, land at Ditchingham

Summary

Excavations in 2004 and 2005 revealed finds and features dating from the prehistoric to the post-medieval period. These mostly comprised ditches and pits, as well as three probable ponds. The abundance of medieval finds strongly suggests medieval occupation at the nearby moated site (NHER 35378).

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Location

Grid Reference:TM 32163 92135
Map Sheet:TM39SW
Parish:DITCHINGHAM, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

September 2004. Evaluation. From contexts 1010 to 2097.
Prehistoric pottery thought to date to the late Bronze Age or Iron Age was recovered from pits, a post hole and a ditch.
Late Saxon and early medieval features included ditches, possible drainage ditches and pits. The abundance of medieval finds strongly indicates occupation of the nearby medieval moated site (NHER 35378).
Post medieval ditches are thought to represent field or property boundaries, perhaps relating to the farmstead shown in this location on the 1841 Tithe map and on Bryant's 1826 map of Norfolk.
See (S1) for further details.
See also (S2).
See also (S3).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 25 May 2007.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • GULLY (Unknown date)
  • PIT (Unknown date)
  • POND (Unknown date)
  • PIT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POST HOLE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • DITCH (Late Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 1000 BC to 42 AD)
  • PIT (Late Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 1000 BC to 42 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • OYSTER SHELL (Unknown date)
  • QUERN (Unknown date)
  • BLADE (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Late Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 1000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BRICK (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TEGULA (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished document: Richmond, A.. 2002. Phoenix Consulting Report PC187a: Archaeological desk-based assessment.
---Unpublished document: 2003. Soil Quality and Land Use Assessment Report.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Doyle, K., Nicholson, K., Rennell, R., Williams, J. and Weston, P.. 2006. Archaeological Solutions Report No. 1667. Land at Ditchingham, Norfolk. An Archaeological Evaluation..
<S2>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2006. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2005. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt I pp 124-136. p 126.
<S3>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2005. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2004. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt IV pp 751-763. p 754.

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