Record Details

NHER Number:1263
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age Barrow


The cropmark of a ring ditch or Bronze Age barrow is visible on oblique aerial photographs from 1980, 1988 and 1990. The barrow was excavated in 1968, and objects recovered include a Bronze Age urn, an incense cup, a scraper, a naturally holed flint and a bronze awl. A second urn was found inverted over the cremation.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6806 4014
Map Sheet:TF64SE

Full description

Round barrow eastnortheast of Heacham water tower recognised.
Ring of chalk 18.3m (60 feet) in diameter, mound still visible under plough.

1968. Excavated.
See detailed report (S1) in file.
Bronze Age urn, incense cup, scraper, natural holed flint and bronze awl (S2) found. Second urn inverted over cremation. Scrapers on surface.
Pottery vessels, flint and perforated flint donated to King's Lynn Museum (KILLM : 1969.25.1-5).

Grid reference corrected from Unit aerial photographs 19 July 1982.
E. Rose.

Mound 30m diameter, 10cm high in ploughed field.
A.J. Lawson (NAU), 23 March 1976.

See report (S1) in file.
Ordnance Survey Records.
R. J. Rickett (NAU), 14 March 1990.

19 July 1996. NLA air photography.
Cropmark of ring ditch visible.
Barrow mark visible in crop.
S. Massey (NLA), 30 April 2001.

July 2002. Norfolk NMP.
(NGR amended from TF 6804 4013).
Cropmark of ring ditch visible on NLA oblique aerial photographs from 1980 (S3), 1988 (S4) and 1990 (S5). The ditch is up to 2.5m wide and 35m in diameter. There appears to be a slight causeway on the eastern quadrant at TF 6808 4014, although this may be due to disturbance of the ditch during excavation.
S. Massey (NMP), 2 July 2001.

Monument Types

  • CREMATION (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

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF6840 A-G,Q-T. 106G/UIC/1571/4060-1.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF6840/X - Y.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Article in Monograph: Lawson, A. J. and Tomalin, D. J. 1986. Notes on Three Norfolk Barrow Excavations at Bridgham, Cockley Cley and Old Hunstanton with a Note on a Barrow Excavation at Garboldisham. Barrow Excavations in Norfolk, 1950-82. East Anglian Archaeology. Lawson, A. J. et al.. No 29 pp 104-113. pp 108-110.
---Publication: Longworth, I. H. 1984. Collared Urns: Of the Bronze Age in Great Britain and Ireland. Nos 947-948.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Hunstanton [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Mottram, A. S.. 1968. Partial Excavation of Round Barrow at Hunstanton 681402, Nov/Dec 1968..
<S2>Illustration: [Unknown]. 1968. Drawing of a Bronze Age copper alloy awl and a natural perforated flint. Card. 1:1.
<S3>Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1980. SMR TF 6840A (NLA 85/AKE29) 24-JUN-1980.
<S4>Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1988. SMR TF 6840Q (NLA 200/DVR4) 05-JUL-1988.
<S5>Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1990. SMR TF 6840T (NLA/264/GAQ13) 19-JUN-1990.

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