Record Details

NHER Number:39755
Type of record:Monument
Name:Probable site of Bronze Age round barrow at Clippesby


A ring ditch, probably representing the site of a Bronze Age round barrow, is visible as a cropmark on an aerial photograph. Although there is no dating evidence for the site, its topographic location – near a break of slope overlooking lower ground to its south and southwest – and its possible linear alignment with two other ring ditches to its southeast (NHER 18903 and 18904) suggest that this is the most likely interpretation. It is even possible that it instead represents the remains of a Neolithic oval barrow or ovoid mortuary enclosure.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4308 1461
Map Sheet:TG41SW

Full description

September 2003. Aerial photography.
Cropmark of ring ditch.
See (S1) in file.
D. Gurney (NLA), 12 September 2003.

May 2007. Norfolk NMP.
NMP mapping has led to the alteration of the central grid reference of the site from TG 4307 1461 to TG 4308 1461.

The ring ditch described above is visible as a cropmark on the aerial photograph (S1). No dating evidence has been recovered from the site (other than medieval and post medieval material from the surrounding field, NHER 35853) but its general character and topographic location suggest that its interpretation as a Bronze Age feature, which presumably once surrounded a round barrow, is plausible. This suggestion is also supported by its apparently linear alignment with two barrows to its southeast (NHER 18903 and 18904), although they are spaced too far apart and their layout is too irregular to be confident that the group represents a cemetery. Given its oval plan, the ring ditch could even represent the remains of a Neolithic oval barrow or ovoid mortuary enclosure, but such monuments are relatively rare.

The ring ditch is oval in plan and measures 63m by 55m. A possible entrance on its southwest side appears to be closed by a narrower length of ditch, perhaps indicating that the ring ditch was recut and remodelled at some stage.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 24 May 2007.

Monument Types

  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • MORTUARY ENCLOSURE? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • OVAL BARROW? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Page, M.. 2003. NHER TG 4314C ??-SEP-2003.

Related records - none

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