Record Details

NHER Number:15808
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of enclosures and ring ditches


Several enclosures of unknown date are visible as cropmarks and faint earthworks on aerial photographs. The cropmarks of several ring ditches, probably dating to the Bronze Age, have also been recorded. At least 14 ring ditches are visible suggesting this is a Bronze Age barrow cemetery.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 530 991
Map Sheet:TL59NW

Full description

Formerly in Upwell parish.

Pre 1970.
Irregular enclosures under grass.
See (S1).
(S2) says no earthworks there in 1978 and nothing on OS air photographs.
E. Rose (NAU) 28 February 1980.

19 July 1984. NAU air photographs.
Very faint linear marks, could be associated with above enclosures, but could also be agricultural or natural (noted E.
Rose). Also four ring ditches; not plottable because not enough reference points.
Noted by S. Newman (NAU), July 1985.

October 1990.
Area extended to take in cropmarks of ring ditches and trackway.
These may be cultivated marks.
S. Norton and E. Rose (NAU), 10 October 1990.

Ring ditches now plotted.
S. Norton (NAU), 31 October 1990

17 July 1990. NAU air photography.
Area extended to take in semi- circular ditch - possibly an enclosure and 2 more ring ditches to south and east.
D. Edwards (NLA)

January 2012
Cropmarks of at least 14 ring ditches are visible on aerial photographs indicating this is likely to be a Bronze Age barrow cemetery. Two further ring ditches are included under HER number 36718.
K. Powell (HES), 23 January 2012

Monument Types

  • ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SITE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ENCLOSURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • RING DITCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL 5399T-V, TL5299 A,Y, TL 5399, Z,AA.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TL 5399AC - AD; TL 5299AP - AV.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Monograph: Phillips, C.W. (ed.). 1970. The Fenland in Roman Times: studies of a major area of peasant colonization with a gazetteer covering all known sites and finds.. Royal Geographical Society Research Series. No 5, pp 231-3.
<S2>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 59 NW 1.1.

Related records - none

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