Record Details

NHER Number:12167
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmark of ring ditch


The cropmarks of a ring ditch, which probably represents the remains of a Bronze Age round barrow, are visible on aerial photographs. Another ring ditch is located to the immediate north NHER 13493.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 892 845
Map Sheet:TL88SE

Full description

Ring ditch claimed on St Joseph's list of air photographs at this very approximate grid reference.

March 2010. Norfolk NMP.
The cropmarks of a ring ditch, which probably represents the remains of a Bronze Age round barrow, are visible on aerial photographs (S1-S2). The ring ditch is centred on TL 8926 8455 and is 33m in diameter. Another ring ditch is located to the immediate south NHER 13493. On some aerial photographs this ring ditch looks like a former pit, however no trace of a hollow was detected in stereo and the presence of a more convincing example to the north would suggest that it is more likely to be a ring ditch. A number of pit-like features within this ring ditch were not mapped due to the suspicion that they were geological. The area within the ring ditch also looked lighter in March 56 (S2) and could represent the soilmark of the former mound, although due to natural variation within the geological background this was not mapped.
See summary (S3) for more information.
S. Horlock (NMP), 12 March 2010.

August - September 2010. Archaeological trial trenching.
The northern side of the ring ditch was 0.85m deep and 3.60m wide with a broad rounded profile. A long sequence of silting was revealed with the inner edge of the ditch cut through a possible re-deposited natural layers, which could relate to a pre-barrow feature. Roman pottery was recovered from the upper fills. The southern ditch was 3.80m wide and 0.78m deep also with a rounded profile. An Anglo-Saxon inhumation grave aligned east to west had been cut through the infilled southern ditch. The profile of the grave was sub-rectangular with near vertical sides to a flat base. The articulated skeleton had been undisturbed by ploughing. Finds from the grave included two brooches, one knife and two unidentified metal objects dating to the 6th century (See NHER 55941).
See (S4-5).
S. Howard (HES), 10 August 2011.

Monument Types

  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Saxon - 410 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • FITTING (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • KNIFE (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1955. RAF 82/1204 (F22) 0024-5 02-JUN-1955 (NMR).
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. 1956. NMR TL 8984/9-10 (CUCAP RS84-5) 23-MAR-1956.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D., Bown, J. and Hoggett, R. 2011. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2010. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLVI Pt II pp 262-276.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: Wolframm-Murray, Y. 2010. Archaeological fieldwalking, metal detecting and geophysical surveys of land at the north of Thetford, Norfolk (Volumes 1 and 2). Northamptonshire Archaeology. 10/159.
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: Jones, C. 2011. Archaeological trial trench evaluation of land north of Thetford, Norfolk. Northamptonshire Archaeology. 11/25.

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