Record Details

NHER Number:31745
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of possible Bronze Age round barrow


A ring ditch of unknown date is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. The site in fact comprises two overlapping ring ditches, suggesting that the original feature was recut. The topographic position of the site, close to the summit of a hill, and its general character, suggests that this was the site of a Bronze Age round barrow. The reuse of the site, however, may have been in a later period (it might perhaps have been used as a windmill mound, for example). The ring ditch is surrounded by the multi-period cropmarks of field boundaries and other linear features (NHER 45247). Some of these respect the ring ditch, suggesting that the ditch (or an internal mound) still survived as an earthwork when they were laid out.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3285 2817
Map Sheet:TG32NW

Full description


28 June 1990. NAU air photography (S1).
One double concentric ring ditch.
D. Edwards (NAU).

2 August 1995. NLA air photography (S2).
Double concentric ring ditch still visible, plus linear ditch cojoining the ring ditch to the east.
It is likely that this is an old field boundary.
S. Massey (NLA), 3 August 2001.

March 2007. Norfolk NMP.
NMP mapping has led to the alteration of the central grid reference for the site from TG 3282 2815 to TG 3286 2818. The linear ditch described above is now recorded as part of NHER 45247.

The ring ditch described above is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs (S2)-(S5), centred at TG 3286 2818. Rather than representing a double concentric ring ditch, it seems more likely that a single ring ditch was recut, slightly to the north or south of the original. The site’s topographic position, isolation and general appearance suggests that this was probably the site of a Bronze Age round barrow; the mound might perhaps have been reused in a later period, necessitating the recutting of the ditch. The ring ditch(es) is surrounded by the fragmentary, multi-period cropmarks of field boundaries and other linear features (NHER 45247). Some of these appear to respect the ring ditch, including a north-south oriented field boundary immediately to its east, which is depicted on Honing Tithe Map (S6) and therefore of post medieval date. This suggests that the ring ditch, or the mound it probably surrounded, still survived as an earthwork when the field boundaries were laid out. The origin or purpose of the curvilinear ditches to the immediate north and west of the ring ditch is unclear.

The ring ditches are roughly circular in plan. The southeastern cut measures approximately 18.5m in diameter; the northwestern cut measures approximately 16m. An internal pit-like feature, which appears to be central to the northwestern cut, may hold a burial or similar ritual/ceremonial deposit.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 21 March 2007.

Monument Types

  • MOUND? (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

<S1>Aerial Photograph: TG 3228 D,E.
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1995. NHER TG 3228V-Y (NLA 355/JEC1-4) 02-AUG-1995.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1976. MAL 76053 112 29-JUN-1976 (NMR).
<S4>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1990. NHER TG 3228D (NLA 267/GBN15) 28-JUN-1990.
<S5>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1990. NHER TG 3228E (NLA 267/GBP1) 28-JUN-1990.
<S6>Map: Wright, J.. 1841. Honing Tithe Map. 1 inch: 3 chains.

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