Record Details

NHER Number:12804
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of possible Bronze Age ring ditch

Summary

A possible ring ditch is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. Although it is not definitely an archaeological feature, it may be the remains of a Bronze Age barrow.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2899 3610
Map Sheet:TG23NE
Parish:GIMINGHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Cropmark of ring ditch with B-shaped enclosure adjacent.

December 2004. Norfolk NMP.
NMP mapping has led to the alteration of the central grid reference of the site from TG 2899 3607 to TG 2899 3611.
The ring ditch described above is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs ((S1) and (S2)), centred at TG 2899 3611. The location of the ring ditch and the apparent absence of any associated features suggests that it is probably part of a Bronze Age round barrow. Its topographical location, overlooking the valley of Mundesley Beck, and its relative isolation support this interpretation. The B-shaped enclosure mentioned above, which is visible adjoining the northwest side of the ring ditch, seems more likely to be a geological cropmark than an archaeological one and consequently has not been mapped. In fact, although the ring ditch appears to be relatively convincing on the available oblique aerial photograph (S1), it is less so on a vertical aerial photograph (S2). Both demonstrate that the background geology of the area is conducive to the formation of ring like and circular cropmarks, and therefore the identification of the ring ditch as an archaeological feature is not certain.
The ring ditch is slightly oval in plan and measures 28m long and 23.5m wide. The cropmark is masked on its south side.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 7 December 2004.

Monument Types

  • 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 - 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---Unpublished Document: Yardley, C. J. 2011.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 13.
<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1976. NHER TG 2936A (NLA 28/AFH20) 01-JUL-1976.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1988. OS/88129 077-8 27-MAY-1988 (NMR).

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