Record Details

NHER Number:39100
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of undated ditch


An undated ditch, probably a field boundary, is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. As its orientation is different to that of field boundaries shown on early 20th century maps, it is probably a feature of early post medieval or earlier date. Field systems of possible Iron Age/Roman, medieval and post medieval date (for example, NHER 38933) have been recorded nearby and this ditch could be associated with one or several of them.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2905 3684
Map Sheet:TG23NE

Full description

December 2004. Norfolk NMP.
A ditch is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs (S1), from approximately TG 2905 3685 to TG 2906 3683. There is no dating evidence associated with the feature but its orientation would suggest that it predates the pattern of enclosure depicted on historic maps (for example, (S2)). Other cropmarks visible in the surrounding area on the same aerial photographs are the product of quarrying and modern agricultural activity, and have consequently not been mapped.
Numerous field systems and field boundaries have been mapped in the surrounding area, generally of Iron Age to Roman date or of medieval to post medieval date. The ditch could form an outlying part of the field systems mapped approximately 320m to its northeast (NHER 38933), parts of which may date to the earlier of these two phases.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 16 December 2004.

Monument Types

  • BOUNDARY DITCH (Unknown date)
  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Unknown date)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1952. RAF 540/690 5242-3 11-MAR-1952 (NMR).
<S2>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902 to 1907. Ordnance Survey second edition 25 inch (1902 to 1907) Sheet XX. 6.

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