Record Details

NHER Number:13493
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmark of ring ditch

Summary

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 south NHER 12167.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 8937 8474
Map Sheet:TL88SE
Parish:KILVERSTONE, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

15 June 1973. BKS aerial photography.
1:10,000 survey photographs, copies at NCC (S1).
Cropmark of ring ditch.
D. Edwards (NAU) 1978.

A. Lawson (NAU) later stated he had been told this was a double concentric ring ditch with four others to the north. However this must have been a confusion with another site, for photographs seen by E. Rose (NAU) 6 February 1987
show one standard ring ditch at above grid reference (slightly different from where originally plotted).

The central grid reference for this site has been altered from TL 8930 8473 to TL 8937 8474.

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 (S2-S3). The ring ditch is centred on TL 8937 8474 and is 24m in diameter. The soilmark of a central mound is visible in October 1946 (S2). Another ring ditch is located to the immediate south NHER 12167. Other possible circular cropmarks visible within this field were dismissed as geological.
See summary (S4) for more details.
S. Horlock (NMP), 12 March 2010.

August - September 2010. Archaeological trial trenching.
A section through the northern side of the ring ditch revealed it to be 3.68m wide and 1.08m deep with a broadly U-shaped profile and a complex sequence of silt fills containing two sherds of Roman pottery. The eastern side of the ring ditch has a much narrower base and an almost V-shaped profile. The fills appear to represent a process of gradual silting or the moundmaterial being eroded down into the ditches due to ploughing. No burials or other features were observed.
See (S5-6).
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)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Aerial Photograph: 2262111, 2262110, 2262056.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF CPE/UK/1801 3141-2 25-OCT-1946 (NMR).
<S3>Oblique Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. 1956. NMR TL 8984/9-10 (CUCAP RS84-5) 23-MAR-1956.
<S4>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.
<S5>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.
<S6>Unpublished Contractor Report: Jones, C. 2011. Archaeological trial trench evaluation of land north of Thetford, Norfolk. Northamptonshire Archaeology. 11/25.

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