Record Details

NHER Number:10624
Type of record:Monument
Name:Earthwork of a Bronze Age round barrow


The earthwork of a Bronze Age round barrow survives on Broome Heath, on the Broome / Ditchingham parish boundary. It is partly located within heathland and partly in a garden.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 3438 9105
Map Sheet:TM39SW

Full description

Broome Heath.

October 1951.
Ditched bowl barrow, partly on heath, cut by fence, partly in garden. External ditch on northeast. About 29m (97ft) diameter.
Noted by R. R. Clarke (NCM), October 1951.

December 1975.
Hint of outer bank 4m wide, ditch 3m wide, 25cm deep. Mound 20m diameter, 1m high.
A. Lawson (NAU) 16 December 1975.

19 April 1991. Visit
See (S1) and (S2) in file.
D. Gurney (NLA), 22 April 1991

1995. RCHME earthwork survey.
See (S3), stored in file for NHER 10602.

13 May 1996. Site visit to monitor foundation trenches, removal of concrete and to discuss fencing.
See (S4), (S5) and (S6) in file.
D.Gurney (NLA) 20 May 1996.

See (S7), (S8), (S9), (S10), (S11) and (S12) (inhumation probably came from long barrow).

See also NHER 10597 and 10611.
J. Allen (NLA), 28 September 2000.

February 2001.
Management statement signed 10 February 2001.
H. Paterson (A&E), 14 February 2001.

July 2006. Norfolk NMP
An earthwork of a Bronze Age round barrow is visible on aerial photographs (S14-S17). The grid reference for this earthwork has been amended from TM 3439 9103 to TM 3438 9105. A low earthwork mound of sub-circular plan is visible on aerial photographs. It measures approximately 27m by 24m but is heavily disturbed and is cut by an extant boundary. An outer ditch and bank are present as earthworks to the northwest of the mound. It is likely that this mound is a round barrow of Bronze Age date. The boundary that crosses the mound forms the parish boundary between Broome and Ditchingham. Bronze Age round barrows were significant earthwork features and they were often used as fixed points in the landscape when later boundaries, including parish boundaries, were established. This round barrow lies immediately to the southeast of the Neolithic enclosure (NHER 10602) and long barrow (NHER 10597) and another Bronze Age round barrow (NHER 10611). Other barrows were formerly present on Broome Heath, but they have been destroyed by quarrying (NHER 10623, 10632). This earthwork round barrow is located on the southern edge of the heath at approximately 5m OD. It is protected as a scheduled ancient monument (S13).
J. Albone (NMP), 18 July 2006

Monument Types

  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF50.
---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. Broome.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: CYD 7.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Gurney, D. (NLA). 1991. Broome Heath, Ditchingham: Report on site visit. 19 April.
<S2>Map: Gurney, D. (NLA). 1991. Broome Heath, Ditchingham sketch plan. 19 April.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Barber, M. and Oswald, A. 1995. An Enclosure on Broome Heath, Ditchingham, Norfolk: Enclosure and Industry in the Neolithic. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Gurney, D. (NLA). 1996. Broome/Ditchingham: Report on site visit. 13 May.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Gurney, D. (NLA). 1996. Broome/Ditchingham: site notes. 23 May.
<S5>Map: Gurney, D. (NLA). 1996. Broome/Ditchingham sketch plan. 13 May.
<S6>Photograph: Gurney, D. (NLA). 1996. HJA 2-19. Print.
<S7>Article in Serial: 1859. Appendix. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Committee. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol V pp 357-365. pp 361-362.
<S8>Article in Serial: 1888. Appendix. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Committee and at General Meetings. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol X pp 388-397. p 388.
<S9>Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. pp 272, 275, 336.
<S10>Publication: Dutt, W. A. 1905. The Waveney Valley in the Stone Age. pp 19-20.
<S11>Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Barrows. The Antiquary. Vol XLIX pp 416-423. p 418.
<S12>Publication: Meaney, A.. 1964. Gazetteer of Early Anglo-Saxon Burial Sites. p 170.
<S13>Designation: English Heritage. Scheduling Report.
<S14>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/930 4092-3 16-OCT-1945 (NHER TM 3392A / TM 3491A).
<S15>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1716 3093-4 06-SEP-1946 (NMR).
<S16>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1967. OS/67056 157-8 24-APR-1967 (NMR).
<S17>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1981. NHER TM 3491E-G (NLA 117/ARJ10-2) 17-AUG-1981.

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