Record Details

NHER Number:20234
Type of record:Monument
Name:Probable Mesolithic occupation site


Fieldwalking undertaken as part of the Fenland Project identified a scatter of Mesolithic worked flints at this site. No diagnostic pieces of later date were found. This site is one of several in the area to have produced Mesolithic material, all lying on a sand island that is gradually emerging from the peat (see NHER 20232, NHER 20333 and NHER 20235).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 6650 8636
Map Sheet:TL68NE

Full description

26 March 1984. Fenland Project Fieldwalking.
Site HCW 32.
On north side of sand island close to, but apparently separate from HCW 30 (NHER 20232). Scatter of worked flints, no pot boilers. Max dimensions 43m E/W x 35m N/S. The worked flint assemblage includes two Mesolithic obliquely blunted points (microliths), cores, flakes, blades and a single scraper. The lack of later diagnostic pieces suggest that the whole assemblage is probably Mesolithic.

For further details see project archive (S1) and final publication (S2).
R. Silvester (NAU) 26 March 1984.

1989 to 1990. Further fieldwork during Fenland Evaluation Project.
Auger traverse conducted.
Dossier prepared for HBMC, see copy (S1) in file.
M. Leah (NAU) August 1990.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • OCCUPATION SITE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • BLADE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • CORE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FLAKE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • MICROLITH (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Leah, M. D. (NAU) and Mathews, M. (NAU). 1990. Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission Dossier.

Related records

20235Related to: Mesolithic and Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age occupation sites (Monument)
20232Related to: Probable Mesolithic occupation site and Early Neolithic worked flints (Monument)
20233Related to: Probable Mesolithic occupation site, Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age worked flints and Roman pottery (Monument)

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