Record Details

NHER Number:1416
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age/Beaker settlement and burial


Beaker pottery and flint flakes were found during an excavation in 1950, including a Beaker vessel that may have been associated with a burial. The site has been interpreted as a possible Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age settlement. Iron Age pottery was also found during the excavation.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 674 367
Map Sheet:TF63NE

Full description

September 1950. On new housing estate on Cheney Hill 319m (350 yds).
North northeast of Summerhill, at TF 6745 3675, workmen digging to 76cm (2' 6") found a 'B' Beaker with rouletted decoration, but broke it. It stood on sand at a depth of 37cm (1' 3"). Area dug to 1.3m (4' 6") and surrounding area about 6.1m x 4.8m to 0.9m (20'x16' to 3') deep in search of associations. Sifted material and recovered more of beaker. Reconstructed at NCM but height doubtful. Of red paste, base 7cm (2.8") diameter. Associations; septarian nodule, flint flakes. (?Burial, bones disappeared) Few fragments of rusticated ware and other Beaker wares; old breaks suggest domestic site unless beaker apparently whole was buried on an old occupation site, but no charcoal or ash
found. Some Iron Age sherds also.
91m (100 yds) away at TF 6752 3882 similar rusticated and Beaker sherds found in garden of house occupied by
Pulter(?) called Draper's Hole, at 76cm (2' 6") deep.
Rusticated ware and flint flakes, rest PP Notes by R.R. Clarke (NCM) 1950.
(S1) says finds in KLM. Does he mean the finds he retained or is it a mistake for NCM?

Monument Types

  • SETTLEMENT (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)
  • BURIAL (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • SETTLEMENT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • POT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • POT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1950. [Article and letter to the editor on Neolithic pottery found in Heacham].
---Publication: Clarke, D. L. 1970. Beaker Pottery of Great Britain and Ireland. Vol 2. Nos 547-548; Fig 212.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 63 NE 25 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Photograph: 1950. Excavation Photographs.
---Photograph: Ashley, H.. Photograph of Beaker pot from Cheney Hill, Heacham.
---Monograph: Lewton-Braine, C. H. 1967. The Archaeology of Heacham and the adjoining areas.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Heacham.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Iron Age. Heacham [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.

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