Record Details

NHER Number:14726
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmark of ring ditch, post medieval flint working site and multi-period finds


A ring ditch, probably dating to the Bronze Age, is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. Fieldwalking has recovered a Neolithic plano-convex knife, Neolithic and Bronze Age flint implements, Iron Age, Roman and medieval pottery and post medieval gunflints. The gunflints suggest that this was a flint working site in the post medieval period. An Iron Age coin and a medieval cauldron foot have been found during metal detecting.

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Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TL68NE

Full description

Pre 1979. Curtis 32 field.
Context 2. Plano-convex knife.
Information from (S1) via F. Healy (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU) 10 April 1979.

25 October 1984. Fieldwalking, well weathered chalk soil, under cereal some of which is too high for accuracy.
Context 1, general scatter over south section of field of worked flint and undated miscellaneous pottery.
Pottery identified as Roman, Nar Valley and shell tempered; also medieval. And also Iron Age 'a little suspect'.
Flints identified by F. Healy (NAU) as Neolithic to Bronze Age.
Also fresh black gunflints (see Context 5).
Context 3. Few sherds undated pottery found in walking 100m long transect.
Pottery identified as Roman grey ware.
Context 4. Few odd fragments undated pottery in limited area on chalk slope.
Pottery identified as Roman Nar Valley, shell tempered, oxydised.
Context 5. Waste from gunflint manufacture spread over area about 27m east to west x 25m north to south.
Identified by J.J. Wymer (NAU) and R. Silvester (NAU) 25 October 1984.

For Full Details of pottery types, flints etc see (S2).

At [1] cropmark of ring ditch, 25 to 30m in diameter.
No suggestion of a break; no detectable height.
On a gentle rise at 50ft OD.
Noted by Ordnance Survey. Not on NAU photographs.
Information from (S3).
R.J. Rickett (NAU) 29 March 1990.

F. Healy (NAU) also adds a scraper in the Orange Collection from 'the two fields behind Cottage Meadow' apparently this site.

20 March 1996. Metal detecting.
(S4) in file. Early Face/Horse.
See list in file.
Identified by J.A. Davies (NCM) 4 July 1996.
Medieval cauldron foot.
D.G. Woollestone, 2 April 1996.

Monument Types

  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • SITE (Unknown date)
  • LITHIC WORKING SITE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • PLANO CONVEX KNIFE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • COIN (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CAULDRON (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GUNFLINT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. OS 73: 294: 081-2.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. HCW BJ. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. HCW BK. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. HCW BL. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Curtis, F.. Curtis Catalogue.
<S2>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S3>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Records / Pastscape.

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