Record Details

NHER Number:11712
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of possible Bronze Age ring ditches/barrows


During 1975-77 a ring ditch was identified at the centre of Shepherd’s Hill. A 1983 map also marks two ‘barrows’ within the area of this large ring ditch. Investigations of the site recovered a single prehistoric flint scraper and retouched flake near to the barrows. More recent aerial photographs show two conjoining ring ditches which would correspond to the two Ordnance Survey barrows.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8683 3750
Map Sheet:TF83NE

Full description

Ring ditch on the centre of Shepherd's Hill.
Checked by E. Rose (NAU) 20 October 1976.

Ordnance Survey 1:10,000 map 1983 marks two barrows within area of this large ring ditch.
E. Rose (NAU) 22 October 1990.

Barrow Survey has 'two, possibly as many as six ring-ditches'.
OS have two:
'A' TF 8684 3750 (sub-oval 30m northeast to southwest; 25m transversely, 0.8m high. A surrounding ditch, at least 2m wide is visible in arcs on the north and south sides).
'B' TF 8682 3751 (sub-circular, 18m east-to-west, 16m transversely, maximum height 0.4m).
On perambulation, one scraper and a retouched flake were found near the barrows.
Information from Ordnance Survey Records.
R. J. Rickett (NAU) 17 July 1990.

NLA air photographs TF 8637/T-U show two conjoining ring ditches which would correspond to the two Ordnance Survey barrows. The larger may have an entrance corridor to one side.
D. Gurney and E. Rose (NLA) 22 January 1997.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8637 A,C-F,P,T,U.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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