Record Details

NHER Number:1005
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of an Early Bronze Age round barrow


This Early Bronze Age barrow was excavated in 1973. The mound had been destroyed by ploughing but excavation identified two irregular scoops on either side of the mound where soil and sand had been removed to build the monument. Bits of cremated bone and Beaker pottery were found. The barrow was part of a cluster of Bronze Age barrows on Harpley Common.

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Grid Reference:TF 7621 2794
Map Sheet:TF72NE

Full description

Round barrow on common.
About 91m (100 yards) east of NHER 3531. Around 76cm (2 1/2 feet high), 20m (22 yards) diameter. Remains of ditch. Apparently undug apart from rabbits; covered in dense bracken and difficult to identify. ?Ploughed out 1937 to 1938, ditch gone.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

Uncertain whether barrow dug by rabbits or for them.
E. Rose (NLA).

October 1973. Excavation.
Excavated by A. Lawson (NAU). Mound totally destroyed, except for few remnants preserving original ground surface. Scattered collared urn found. Pollen analysis negative. Radiocarbon C14 date 3720 + /- 90 years bp (HAR 486). No ditch. Diameter about 8.3m. Finds also included Beaker, barbed and tanged arrowhead, flint flakes. Medieval sherds in ploughsoil.
See (S1).

May 1983.
Still visible as mound.
D. Edwards (NAU).

March 1991.
Nothing visible in ploughsoil.
H. Paterson (A&E).

March 1995. Descheduled.
This barrow has been delisted however the other 4 barrows scheduled at the same time as this barrow are still scheduled.
Information from (S2)
H. Mellor (HES), 8 June 2018.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • POT (Beaker - 2300 BC to 1700 BC)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Photograph: Various.
---Aerial Photograph: TF7527A-D,TF7528B,D-F,YF7628A-C,TF7627E.
---Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Barrows. The Antiquary. Vol XLIX pp 416-423. p 420.
---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF58.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 NE 17 [4].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Paterson, H. (A&E). Norfolk Ancient Monuments Management Project Site Form.
---Publication: Longworth, I. H. 1984. Collared Urns: Of the Bronze Age in Great Britain and Ireland. Nos 938, 939.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. Harpley.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Harpley [2].
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Harpley.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Unpublished Document: Edwrds, D.. 1983. Condition report on barrows at Harpley and Anmer Minque.
<S1>Article in Monograph: Lawson, A. 1976. The Excavation of a Round Barrow at Harpley. Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 2 pp 45-64.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF58.

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