Record Details

NHER Number:39033
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmark of possible Neolithic long barrow or mortuary enclosure

Summary

A cropmark of an elongated curvilinear to sub-rectangular enclosure, possibly a Neolithic long barrow or mortuary enclosure, is visible on aerial photographs in 1976.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 32655 31528
Map Sheet:TG33SW
Parish:WITTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

December 2004. Norfolk NMP.
A cropmark of an elongated curvilinear to sub-rectangular enclosure, possibly a Neolithic long barrow or mortuary enclosure, is visible on aerial photographs (S1). This cropmark is centred on TG 3265 3153. This enclosure has a regular curvilinear form consisting of a rectangle with rounded ends. It is aligned on a southwest to northeast axis and has external measurements of 25m by 14m. An entrance is present at the northeast end, defined by swollen ditch terminals. It is possible that this is the ditch surrounding a small Neolithic long barrow or mortuary enclosure. Similar small long barrows are typical of Norfolk and the East of England (S2) with a slightly larger example on a similar alignment recorded 1.6km to the northeast (NHER 16652). Neolithic pits and pottery have been excavated 160m west of this probable long barrow (NHER 12548) (S3).
(S1-3)
J. Albone (NMP), 3 December 2004.

November 2011. Condition of Scheduled Monuments in Cultivation (COSMIC) risk assessment.
Desk based COSMIC assessment completed, along with the excavation of three test pits.
Report awaited.
D. Robertson (HES), 11 November 2011.

Monument Types

  • CURVILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • CURVILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • LONG BARROW (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • MORTUARY ENCLOSURE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1976. MAL 76053 116 29-JUN-1976 (NMR) MAL 76053 116 29-JUN-1976 (NMR).
<S2>Article in Serial: Jones, D. 1998. Long barrows and Neolithic Elongated Enclosures in Lincolnshire: An Analysis of the Air Photographic Evidence. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol 64 pp 83-114.
<S3>Article in Serial: Lawson, A. J. 1983. The Archaeology of Witton, near North Walsham. East Anglian Archaeology. No 18. p 18.

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