Record Details

NHER Number:31555
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Early Saxon buildings or Neolithic flint mines at Foxburrow Plantation


Cropmarks of possible Early Saxon sunken featured buildings and some linear ditches can be seen on aerial photographs. The proximity of a nearby Neolithic flint working site (NHER 17836) suggests these could also be interpreted as Neolithic flint mine shafts.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1992 0381
Map Sheet:TG10SE

Full description

26 June 1990. NAU air photography.
Possible sunken featured buildings in Foxburrow Plantation.
D. Edwards (NAU).

Marks certainly resemble sunken featured buildings found elsewhere. But note proximity of Neolithic flint working site NHER 17836. Could these be flint mine shafts?
E. Rose (NLA), 27 September 1995.

July 2006. Vertical Aerial Photograph.
Google Earth imagery shows pit like features that resemble sunken featured buidlings.
See (S3) for further details.
D. Lefeuvre (HES), 14 February 2011.

April 2011. Norfolk NMP.
Possible sunken featured buildings or pits are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs (S1-S3), centred on TG 1983 0363. It is also possible that they may relate to flint mining, or, in fact, to geological rather than archaeological features, and have therefore been recorded with a note of caution.
A further area of possible earthwork pits (S4) and a possible earthwork ditch feature (S5) are visible within trees to the north east, centred on TG 1993 0371. These have not been mapped, but may have archaeological significance.
Cropmarks of undated fragmentary linear ditches are also visible to the east, at TG 2000 0363 (S6), and to the north, at TG 1989 0394 (S2).
E. Bales (NMP), 14 April 2011.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • FLINT MINE? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • GRUBENHAUS? (Early Saxon - 410 AD? to 650 AD?)
  • SETTLEMENT (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D, NLA. 1990. NHER TG 1903E-H (NLA 266/GBE5-8) 26-JUN-1990.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1996. OS/96247 167-8 22-JUL-1996 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Google Earth. ? - present. Google Earth Orthophotographs. 02-JUL-2006 Accessed 14-FEB-2011.
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1947. RAF CPE/UK/2003 5033-4 14-APR-1947 (NMR).
<S5>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 3G/TUD/UK/70 (F22) 5314-5 28-FEB-1946 (NMR).
<S6>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D, NLA. 1990. NHER TG 1903E (NLA/GBE5) 26-JUN-1990.

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