Record Details

NHER Number:15523
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible site of round barrows or pillow mounds on Cranwich Heath


A row of three mounds, marked as Robyn Hoodes Buttes, are depicted on a 17th century map. They may mark the site of Bronze Age barrows, or pillow mounds associated with the medieval to post medieval rabbit warren of Methwold (NHER 55577). A row of three possible low earthwork mounds has been identified nearby (NHER 63628), on visualised lidar data from a survey flown in 2015.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 769 931
Map Sheet:TL79SE

Full description

Mounds, three in a row, marked as Robyn Hoodes Buttes (common barrow name elsewhere in Britain, but not known in Norfolk other than here, HER 15522 nearby, and Robin Hoods Garden (Roman site) at Ashill).
17th century map in NRO T/C1/10(a).
A. Lawson (NAU) 11 December 1979.

However these may be clappers (breeding mounds for female rabbits).
A. Lawson (NAU).

February 2020. Breckland National Mapping Programme.
The mounds described above may relate to the three possible low mounds recorded nearby (NHER 63628), which are visible on visualised lidar data from a survey flown in 2015 (S1). They have been interpreted as a possible Bronze Age round barrow cemetery, but they might instead – or also – have functioned as pillow or clapper mounds associated with Methwold Warren (NHER 55577).
S. Tremlett (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 3 February 2020.

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • MOUND (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW? (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • MOUND (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • PILLOW MOUND? (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • RABBIT WARREN (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Map: 1600s. NRO map T/C1/10 (a).
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>LIDAR Airborne Survey: Various. LIDAR Airborne Survey. LIDAR Weeting Forest Research 0.5m DTM 17-JUL-2015 (BNG Project, FC England, Fugro Geospatial).

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