Record Details

NHER Number:32147
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age pit, post medieval pits and prehistoric flint artefacts from Beetley Quarry


In 1996 an evaluation trench was excavated at this location prior to gravel extraction. This work uncovered a Bronze Age pit and six post medieval pits. The Bronze Age pit contained pottery sherds and prehistoric flint artefacts were discovered across the site. Archaeological monitoring of a strip to the west of this area in 2004 failed to identify any additional archaeological remains.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9946 1829
Map Sheet:TF91NE

Full description

November-December 1996. Trial Trenching.
Sixteen north-south trenches were excavated in advance of gravel workings at Beetley Quarry. Several small features were identified within the trenches located at the top of the slope. Six remain undated, although some of these may relate to the WWII occupation of the area or occupation of a row of cottages that was demolished during the construction of the air base in 1940. One shallow pit contained a single Early Bronze Age sherd, possibly from an urn. Soil samples were sieved from each trench, producing eight worked flints and a piece of smithing slag.
Worked flints and slag found.
See reports (S1) and (S2) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S3) and (S4).
E. Rose (NLA), 9 December 1996. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 8 April 2015.

NGR corrected from original TF 9950 1835.
M. Horlock (NLA), 27 March 2003.

August and December 2004. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of topsoil stripping to west of previously evaluated area.
No archaeological finds or features.
See report (S5) for further details.
Previously recorded as NHER 40439
S. Howard (HES), 27 July 2011. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 2 July 2015.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • PIT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • PIT (Post Medieval to World War Two - 1540 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds

  • SLAG (Unknown date)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Early Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 1501 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Archaeological Solutions Ltd. 2010. Excavation archive for evaluation on land east of Railway Line, Beetley, Norfolk.. 2152.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Percival, S. 1996. Interim Report for Archaeological Evaluation at Beetley Pit, Hoe. Norfolk Archaeological Unit.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Percival, S. 1997. Evaluation at Beetley Pit, Hoe. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 221.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1998. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1997. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt I pp 193-210. p 199.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1997. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1996. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt IV pp 547-564. p 554.
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: Doyle, K. and Weston, P. 2005. Beetly Quarry: Land to the East of the Former Railway Line, Norfolk. Archaeological Monitoring & Recording. Archaeological Solutions. 1883.

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