Record Details

NHER Number:61522
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of possible Neolithic flint mine

Summary

A circular pit, perhaps relating to a Neolithic flint mine, is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs taken in 1946. Its regular shape and its proximity to Grimes Graves (NHER 5640) and other evidence of Neolithic flint mining (NHER 55660 32m to its east) suggests this interpretation. It was not identified on more recent imagery from a lidar survey flown in 2015, so whether it still survives as an earthwork is not known.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 8098 8907
Map Sheet:TL88NW
Parish:WEETING WITH BROOMHILL, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

January 2017. 'Brecks from Above' and Breckland National Mapping Programme.
A circular pit, perhaps relating to a Neolithic flint mine, is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs taken in 1946 (S1). It lies 32m to the west of an area where evidence of Neolithic flint mining has been identified (NHER 55660), and this, together with its regular shape and proximity to Grimes Graves (NHER 5640) has suggested this interpretation. It also does not appear to be a particularly 'fresh' earthwork in 1946. The pit was not identified on more recent imagery from a lidar survey flown in 2015 (S2), so whether it still survives as an earthwork is not known.
S. Tremlett (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 19 January 2017.

Monument Types

  • PIT (Unknown date)
  • FLINT MINE? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • PIT (Neolithic - 4000 BC? to 2351 BC?)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/59 V 5271-5272 05-FEB-1946 (HEA Original Print).
<S2>LIDAR Airborne Survey: Various. LIDAR Airborne Survey. LIDAR Santon Forest Research 0.5m DTM 15-JUL-2015 (BNG Project, FC England, Fugro Geospatial).

Related records

5640Related to: Grimes Graves Neolithic flint mine and Grimshoe Mound (Monument)
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