Record Details

NHER Number:38551
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of possible Iron Age or Roman field boundaries

Summary

Two rectilinear ditches, possible field boundaries, of unknown date are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. They do not appear to conform to the surrounding field pattern and may therefore date to the medieval period or earlier. Too little of them is visible to establish a precise function but it is possible that they are field boundaries, perhaps even associated with the Iron Age to Romano-British field system 200m to their south-west (NHER 38499). It is also possible that they are not in fact archaeological in nature, but are of modern agricultural origin.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2385 3635
Map Sheet:TG23NW
Parish:THORPE MARKET, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

March 2004, Norfolk NMP
Two broadly aligned, rectilinear ditches are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs (S1), from TG 2391 3640 to TG 2380 3632. Their function is unknown but their interpretation as field boundaries seems plausible. They are undated, but appear to pre-date the surrounding field pattern, suggesting a medieval or earlier date, and may even be associated with the probable Iron Age to Romano-British field system 200m to their south-west (NHER 38499). They are visible on only one set of photographs, however, and it is possible that they are in fact caused by modern agricultural activity.
(S1)
S. Tremlett (NMP), 30 March 2004

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Unknown date)
  • DITCH (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • FIELD SYSTEM (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1969. OS/69038 098-9 04-APR-1969 (NMR).

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