Record Details

NHER Number:12821
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Bronze Age ring ditch and undated features


A number of undated enclosures, trackways, linear features and field boundaries are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. A ring ditch of possible Bronze Age date is also visible. A geophysical, metal detecting and fieldwalking survey between 2002 and 2003 recorded former field boundaries and recovered finds dating from the ?prehistoric to post-medieval period.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2636 3130
Map Sheet:TG23SE

Full description

Cropmarks of enclosures and ring ditch.
Greatly extended to west, impinging into Antingham parish, by many enclosure cropmarks; some are of recently removed field boundaries but others are small enclosures, linear marks etc of earlier date.
E. Rose (NAU), 15 August 1983.

Area of cropmarks in Antingham parish even more extended: rectangles and trackways.
D. Edwards (NAU), 17 December 1990.

Date unknown. British Gas air photography.
Cropmarks. Linear features/trackway and enclosures.
D. Edwards (NLA), 30 November 1994.

15 July 1996. NLA air photography.
Site extended to south to include ring ditch, and further enclosures and linears.
S. Massey (NLA), 18 October 2001.

19 July 1996. NLA air photography.
NGR amended from TG2660 3165.
Two relatively small enclosures and linear cropmarks to the south of the A149.
The linear features are likely to be field boundaries.
The innermost enclosure appears to be sub-rounded or D-shaped with two possible breaks or 'entrances' in the ditch.
To the south is a possible angled segment of ditch or a partially preserved square enclosure (not very distinct).
M. Brennand (NLA), 22 August 2001.

November 2002 - January 2003. Geophysical, metal detecting and fieldwalking survey. Bacton to King's Lynn pipeline plot 38 and 36.
The geophysical survey detected a linear anomalies that probably represent former field boundaries and could be associated with boundaries shown on the 1838 tithe map and 1885 ordnance survey map. Fieldwalking recovered a flint blade, seven flint flakes, Roman pottery, medieval and post-medieval pottery, six pieces of post-medieval bottle glass, medieval and post-medieval ceramic building material. The metal detecting survey found 10 metal objects including a post-medieval copper alloy bar.
See (S1).
S. Howard (NLA), 11 February 2010.

10 September 2006.
Google Earth shows a small ring ditch and cropmarks all around this area.
See (S2).
D. Lefeuvre (NLA), 20 September 2010.

Monument Types

  • D SHAPED ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Undated)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • SQUARE ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • TRACKWAY (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BLADE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BUILDING MATERIAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOTTLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUILDING MATERIAL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG2531 A-G; TG2631 A-K; TG 2531/H-P.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 2631L - N.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 2631P - R.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG 2630P - R.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Contractor Report: Network Archaeology. 2002. Bacton to Kings Lynn Proposed Gas Pipeline. Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment. Network Archaeology. 179.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: [Unknown]. 2003. Bacton to Kings Lynn Proposed Gas Pipeline. Archaeological Field Reconnaissance, Fieldwalking, Metal Detecting and Geophysical Survey. Network Archaeology. 184.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Infoterra and Bluesky Ltd. 2006. Google Earth TG 2645 3162 (Infoterra 10-SEPT-2006).

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