Record Details

NHER Number:3538
Type of record:Monument
Name:Undated pits on Harpley Common


A line of ten undated pits were recorded in 1936. The pits were around 4.6m in diameter and about 3m deep. Neolithic flint flakes and prehistoric burnt flints were found nearby. It is unclear what the pits were used for. They may have been natural features.

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Grid Reference:TF 7649 2797
Map Sheet:TF72NE

Full description

On Harpley Common within area of 365.6m (400 yards) east of Peddars Way.
Ten pits, grass covered, around 4.6m (15 feet) diameter, around 3m (10 feet) deep with no disturbances for outlets. 'Neolithic' flint flakes around and pot boilers, close to lip of several pits. Two tumuli within 45m (50 yards) of first pit (?pit dwellings) cup shaped, or artificial pot holes due to pipes in chalk.
See (S1).

Information from P.L.K. Schwabe (NRC), April 1936.

June 1936. Visit.
Run in a line northwest from 1st 'o' of 'Common' on Ordnance Survey.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).
Visited by P.L.K. Schwabe (NRC), J.E. Sainty, A.Q. Watson, L.V. Grinsell and R.R. Clarke (NCM) June 1936.

Monument Types

  • PIT (Unknown date)
  • BURNT MOUND (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • PIT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT BOILER (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Harpley.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. [unknown].

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