Record Details

NHER Number:39064
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmark of undated ring ditch or enclosure

Summary

A possible ring ditch or small enclosure is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. Its ovoid shape suggests that it could be a Neolithic oval barrow or an undated stock enclosure.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2982 3686
Map Sheet:TG23NE
Parish:GIMINGHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

April 2005. Norfolk NMP.
A possible ovoid ring ditch or enclosure is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs ((S1) to (S3)), centred at TG 2982 3687. In the absence of any dating evidence, the function of the site remains open to interpretation, but the possibility that it is either a Neolithic oval barrow or a sheep fold or similar enclosure seems plausible. Its ovoid shape would suggest that it is unlikely to be a round house, domestic enclosure, or the enclosure of a postmill. The site may or may not be contemporary and associated with a second ring ditch (NHER 12805) located approximately 100m to its northwest. It is overlain by, or overlies, part of a multi period field system (NHER 38933), but again the relationship between the two sites is unclear.

The ring ditch or enclosure measures approximately 22.5m long and 14.5m wide. Breaks in the ditch circuit are as likely to be caused by the cropmark being masked as by the presence of genuine causeways.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 11 April 2005.

Monument Types

  • OVAL ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • SHEEP FOLD? (Unknown date)
  • OVAL BARROW? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. 1976. CUCAP (BYY35) 29-JUN-1976.
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1976. NHER TG 2936B (NLA 28/AFH22) 01-JUL-1976.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1981. OS/81081 147-8 17-AUG-1981 (NMR).

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