Record Details

NHER Number:5332
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age hearth


A Bronze Age hearth was excavated in 1968. Bronze Age and Beaker pottery, and a bone awl and spear were recovered from the site, which is associated with a number of other Beaker sites in the immediate area.

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Grid Reference:TL 6934 8775
Map Sheet:TL68NE

Full description

1968. Just outside Poor Ground, 2 adjacent hearths about 2.7m (9') apart, cleaned by [1], about 30cm (1ft) deep to top. Flat.
1 made of chalk and large pebbles and 2 made of just chalk, lying on natural sand.
Sherds scattered between hearths and 3 pointed bone implements 2 ?awl, 1 ?spear.
Sherds mainly Late Bronze Age affinities with Deverel-Rimbury. 1 stray Beaker sherd.
Small hearth 1 is 0.9m x 0.6m (3' x 2') and 2 is 1.08m x 1.8m (3' 7" x 6').
Site 13.7m (15 yds) from Food vessel site.
About 731m (800 yds) southeast of Blackdyke Farm.
E.B. Green (NCM)

Plan in file.

This site is associated with a number of other Beaker sites in the immediate area. The surface finds and excavated areas seem to be grouped in distinct clusters, although it is difficult to establish the exact relationship between them. Although the features recorded are not enough to imply a permanent settlement, the finds recovered indicate that Beaker activity in this area was more than a temporary occupation site.
See (S1) and (S2) for more details.
S. Spooner (NLA) 9 March 2006

Monument Types

  • HEARTH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • OCCUPATION SITE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • AWL (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SPEAR (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Hockwold-cum-Wilton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Monograph: Bamford, H. 1982. Beaker Domestic Sites in the Fen Edge and East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 16.
<S2>Monograph: Healy, F. 1996. The Fenland Project, Number 11: The Wissey Embayment: Evidence for pre-Iron Age Occupation. East Anglian Archaeology. No 78.

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