Record Details

NHER Number:12162
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of undated ditches


Undated ditches are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. One of the ditches may be part of a Iron Age or Roman enclosure similar to other possible examples identified to the northwest (NHER 38854) and southwest (NHER 39024). Roman pottery recovered from the adjacent field to the southwest (for example, NHER 38146) supports the suggestion that the ditch may be Roman.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2843 3776
Map Sheet:TG23NE

Full description

'Enclosure' claimed as cropmark on (S1) at this very approximate grid reference.

April 2005. Norfolk NMP.
NMP mapping has led to the alteration of the central grid reference of the site from TG 285 377 to TG 2842 3776.
The postulated enclosure described above is visible as a cropmark on a single aerial photograph (S2). Too little is visible to tell whether it is definitely an enclosure, but its resemblance to other rectilinear enclosures of possible Iron Age to Roman date may be significant. In addition, Roman and medieval pottery have been recovered from the adjacent field to the southwest (for example, NHER 38146). The linear ditch aligned at an angle to the 'enclosure' may represent a different phase of activity, perhaps associated with the field systems to its north (NHER 38896 and 38932), or could be a contemporary, conjoined feature. It should be noted that the cropmarks of this ditch were rather indistinct and it could, at least in part, reflect the underlying geology or geomorphology of the area rather than a buried archaeological feature. In addition, the location of both features should be regarded as approximate due to the poor rectification of the aerial photograph. Further cropmarks are visible on later aerial photographs (S3) but it is impossible to tell whether they are archaeological in origin.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 6th April 2005.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • ENCLOSURE? (Unknown date)
  • DITCH (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • ENCLOSURE? (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • RECTILINEAR ENCLOSURE? (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Yardley, C. J. 2011. The Mun Valley: Historic landscape Assessment and Landscape Character Assessment for Norfolk Coast Project. p 14.
<S1>Unpublished Document: St Joseph, J. K.. List of aerial photographs.
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. 1970. CUCAP (BEL57) 08-OCT-1970.
<S3>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1984. NHER TG 2837A-B (NLA 157/AXX7-8) 31-JUL-1984.

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