Record Details

NHER Number:12155
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of ring ditches


At least three ring ditches, probably the remains of Bronze Age round barrows, are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. They are located in the southeastern corner of Felbrigg Park (NHER 29822), at the head of a valley containing a tributary of Scarrow Beck. Other ring ditches have been identified along the east side of this valley, including a probable Bronze Age barrow cemetery 1.5km to the south (NHER 38580). On morphological grounds, the ring ditches described here are likely to date to the same period. A short length of curvilinear ditch is also visible as a cropmark on the same aerial photographs; its relationship with the ring ditches is unknown but it could be contemporary.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2015 3858
Map Sheet:TG23NW

Full description

Ring ditches claimed on Cambridge University Committee of Aerial Photography list of air photographs at this very approximate grid reference.

5 July 1973. CUCAP air photography of site.
D. Edwards (NAU) 1 February 1989.

Grid reference confirmed, two ring ditches.
D. Edwards (NAU) and E. Rose (NAU) 26 April 1989.

June 2004, Norfolk NMP.
NMP mapping has led to the alteration of the central grid reference of the site from TG 2015 3855 to TG 2012 3862.
The two ring ditches described above are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs (S1), centred at TG 2012 3862. In addition, a third ring ditch is visible 90m to their southeast on the same aerial photographs. Their morphology, topographical location and archaeological context would suggest that they are the remains of Bronze Age round barrows, similar to the numerous examples mapped to their east and south, principally in the parish of Roughton. A curvilinear ditch, which shares an alignment with the two adjacent barrows, may be a contemporary feature, perhaps even defining a double round barrow. A faint, circular cropmark visible at TG 2024 3864 may show the location of a fourth ring ditch but this is not clear enough on the consulted aerial photographs to confirm whether it is of archaeological origin and consequently it has not been mapped.
The three ring ditches are all of a similar size and shape, being slightly sub-circular in plan and measuring approximately 16 to 18m in diameter. The northwestern ring ditches may enclose internal pits, possibly graves, but the background geology is conducive to the formation of pit-like cropmarks and the pits are therefore too uncertain to map. The cropmarks of other linear features, visible on the same aerial photographs, appear to be field drains or geology and have consequently not been mapped.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 9 June 2004.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • PIT? (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • GRAVE? (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • PIT? (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. 1973. NHER TG 2038A-C (CUCAP BOK25-7) 05-JUL-1973.

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