Record Details

NHER Number:34108
Type of record:Monument
Name:Undated pits and features and multi-period artefacts, Brisley to Bushy Common pipeline

Summary

A geophysical survey and fieldwalking in 1998 have discovered undated pits and features and multi-period artefacts. The objects include prehistoric flint flake and medieval pottery. The work was carried out in advance of pipe laying between Brisley and Bushy Common. A subsequent excavation and watching brief during the laying of the pipe identified a number of undated ditches and pits. A number of prehistoric worked flints were also recovered.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF92SW
Parish:BRECKLAND
HORNINGTOFT, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

May 1998. Geophysical survey of route of proposed Brisley to Bushy Common gas pipeline. Site 1.
Context 1. Pits, features noted etc - see report (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NAU).

November 1998. Fieldwalking.
Context 2. Medieval sherd, prehistoric waste flake and medieval/post medieval tile.
See report (S2).
E. Rose (NAU), 10 December 1998 and 7 May 1999.

April to July 1999. Archaeological Excavation and Watching Brief.
Monitoring of groundworks associated with construction of Brisley to Bushy Common Pipeline (Site 1/Plot 2). A small group of undated ditches and intercutting pits, which contained no artefacts, were excavated over a length of approximately 72m. It is not clear whether they were broadly contemporary or represent a number of unrelated events.
It is possible that the ditches relate to a field system and that the pits were related to quarrying or extraction, and the lack of artefacts and charcoal in all features suggests an agricultural rather than a settlement context.
A number of unstratified finds were also recovered. Worked flints found included a Late Mesolithic or Neolithic flint side scraper and a number of later, Neolithic or Bronze Age pieces (two side scrapers and three flakes).
See (S3) for details.
E. Bales (HES), 06 Aug 2012. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 12 August 2013.

November 2009. Metal-detecting.
A medieval silver annular brooch previously recorded under this number is now recorded under NHER 62512.
A. Beckham (HES), 30 January 2018.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY? (Unknown date)
  • FIELD SYSTEM? (Unknown date)
  • PIT (Unknown date)
  • QUARRY? (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 7000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BURNT FLINT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SIDE SCRAPER (Late Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 7000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FLAKE (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SIDE SCRAPER (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished Contractor Report: Network Archaeology. 2002. Bacton to Kings Lynn Proposed Gas Pipeline. Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment. Network Archaeology. 179.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Network Archaeology. 1998. Brisley-Bushy Common, Norfolk. Proposed Gas Pipeline. Archaeogeophysical Survey. Network Archaeology. 204. pp 5, 11, 14; Plans 2b, 8.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Network Archaeology. 1998. Brisley to Bushy Common Proposed Gas Pipeline. Archaeological Fieldwalking, Field Reconnaissance and Geophysical Survey. Network Archaeology. 210. pp 6, 12, 19, App 2.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Network Archaeology. 2000. Brisley to Bushy Common Gas Pipeline. Archaeological Excavation and Watching Brief, 1999. Network Archaeology. 138.

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