Record Details

NHER Number:5026
Type of record:Monument
Name:Man Hill or Dead Man's Hill


A large Bronze Age bowl barrow. An excavation in 1901 revealed a Bronze Age cremation, and prehistoric flint flakes have been found on the site.

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Grid Reference:TL 8479 9607
Map Sheet:TL89NW

Full description

August 1901. Excavated by [1] and [2].
Skeleton found in right side with knees drawn up and hands raised to head (mesocephalic) at great depth. A band of charred earth and ash about 15cm (6") wide formed a complete circle about 61cm (2') from the skeleton. Old horseshoe with calkins and bones of domestic animals found above. (S1) describes site as cremation, as in (S2).
E. Rose (NAU)

Just above 30m (100ft) OD.
Large bowl, flat top, no visible ditch, badly mutilated by 1901 excavation.
27m to 36m (30 to 40 paces) diameter, 0.9m (3ft) high.
Under plough in 1901.
See (S2).
'Buckenham Field' in (S4) and (S5), Buckenham in (S6) and (S7).
R.R. Clarke (NCM)

50m diameter, 1.5m high, grass covered on heath.
A.J. Lawson (NAU) 26 November 1975.

Copy of (S1) in file.

September 1983.
No change. Star post on top, barbed wire across one half.
J. Wymer (NAU)

October 2003. Visit. Found in rabbit scrape in 2002. Norfolk NMP site visit.
Unmodified secondary flake, split longitudinally on the left side. Negligible patination, grey flint with thick weathered cortex. Presumably related to the barrow but intrinsically undatable.
Identified by P.A. Robins (NCM) 3 November 2003.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 10 November 2003.

October 2003. Visit.
Grass covered, one large rabbit burrow and a few smaller ones.
Rabbits will continue to be controlled by gassing and/or ferreting.
Flint flake recovered from upcast.
H. Paterson (A&E), 19 February 2004.

Monument Types

  • CREMATION (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • INHUMATION (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • HORSESHOE (Undated)
  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: RESTRICTED: TL8496J, K, L, U, V, W.
---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF412.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 89 NW 9 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Lawson, A. J., Martin, E., Priddy, D. and Taylor, A. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. East Anglian Archaeology. No 12.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: CXU 4.
<S1>Designation: Corbishley, M.. 1982. AM107.
<S2>Publication: Clarke, W. G. 1925. In Breckland Wilds. First Edition. p 118.
<S3>Article in Serial: Lord Amherst of Hackney. 1901. On a Tumulus in Buckenham fields, Norfolk, explored August 1900. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. Second Series Vol VII pp 183-188.
<S4>Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Barrows. The Antiquary. Vol XLIX pp 416-423. p 418.
<S5>Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. p 275.
<S6>Publication: 11 May 1901. Athenaeum. p.599.
<S7>Publication: Clarke, W. G. 1925. In Breckland Wilds. First Edition. p 118.

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