Record Details

NHER Number:18191
Type of record:Monument
Name:Iron Age enclosure or Roman signal station


Aerial photography in 1980 revealed cropmarks of a large rectangular enclosure, cut to its west by a ring ditch. The large mark has been interpreted as a Roman signal station, or alternatively a defended Iron age enclosure.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 114 396
Map Sheet:TG13NW

Full description

23 July 1980. NAU air photography.
Positive cropmarks.
Substantial rectangular feature with a ring ditch cutting the western side.
Also network of linear cropmarks.
D. Edwards (NAU), 14 June 1982.

Possible signal station.
E. Rose (NAU), 16 June 1982.

Included in reference (S1) as a small defended Iron Age enclosure.
E. Rose (NLA) 8 February 1995.

28 June 1996. NLA air photography.
Square enclosure still visible.
S. Massey (NLA), 28 September 2001.

June 2008. Aerial photography.
The possible Roman signal station is particular clear on aerial photographs taken by M. Page in June 2008.
See digital photographs.
See (S2).
S. Howard (NLA), 10 March 2010.

Monument Types

  • LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • RING DITCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SIGNAL STATION (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SITE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG1139 A-N,W-AC.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 1139AD - AE.
---Article in Monograph: Gregory, T. 1986. Enclosures of 'Thornham' Type in Norfolk. Excavations at Thornham, Warham, Wighton and Caistor St. Edmund, Norfolk. Gregory, T. and Gurney, D.. EAA No 30 pp 32-35.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Monograph: Ashwin, T. & Davison, A. (eds). 2005. An Historical Atlas of Norfolk.. p.33. p 33.
<S1>Article in Monograph: Green, B. 1993. The Iron Age. An Historical Atlas of Norfolk. Wade-Martins, P. (ed). pp 32-33. p 33.
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: 2010. Aerial photographs of the Iron Age enclosure of Roman signal station, Bodham, Norfolk..

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