Record Details

NHER Number:23235
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Prehistoric worked flints and natural mound in field east of Broadfen Farm


A feature identified as potentially a Bronze Age round barrow was identified during the Fenland Survey. A few prehistoric worked flints were found nearby. Excavations in advance of the construction of a large glasshouse revealed that the mound was a result of a natural rise in the underlying geology.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 6976 9590
Map Sheet:TL69NE

Full description

26 January 1987. Fenland fieldwalking.
Well weathered bare soil. About 0.6m high at 1.6 to 2.2m OD.
Possible barrow. A mound projecting above the general level of the slope but only just above. It shows on an aerial photography and on ground and is about 35m north to south x 38m east to west although tongues out to west. Around it is a broad peat depression, which might or might not be natural. A few flints on southeast sector.
R. Silvester (NAU), 28 January 1987.

Note NHER 2528 Beaker sherd found just to south of this site.

For full details of wares, flint types, etc. see (S1).

January 1988.
From road, only humpy ground visible - no barrow, no soil change.
J. Wymer (NAU).

1 October 1996. Trial Trenching.
Evaluation in advance of erection of horticultural glasshouses.
Mound-like appearance of suspected barrow shown to be the result of a rise in the underlying geology.
See NHER 60663 for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 23 March 2015.

Monument Types

  • NATURAL FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: CUCAP RC8 EB8.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. MTW CZ. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: EMD16.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.

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