Record Details

NHER Number:27458
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Neolithic barrow

Summary

A small enclosure, possibly the remains of a Neolithic oval barrow or Neolithic to Early Bronze Age ceremonial monument, is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. The close proximity of this possible barrow to a possible Neolithic mortuary enclosure (NHER 27457) and a Bronze Age round barrow cemetery (NHER 27342) suggests that this location was a focus for funerary and ceremonial activity in the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 4839 1678
Map Sheet:TG41NE
Parish:HEMSBY, GREAT YARMOUTH, NORFOLK

Full description

May 2005. Norfolk NMP.
A small oval or sub rectangular enclosure is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs (S1), centred at TG 4840 1678. Given its proximity to several prehistoric ceremonial monuments (e.g. NHER 27342), it seems most likely to represent the site of a similar monument, perhaps a Neolithic oval barrow. The fact that it is visible on only one set of aerial photographs, however, means that its archaeological origin remains dubious. The possibility that it is the product of more mundane, agricultural activity, in a later period can also not be ruled out.

The enclosure is a slightly irregular oval or sub rectangular shape in plan. A break in the ditch at its northeast corner is as likely to be caused by the cropmark being masked as by a genuine causeway. It measures approximately 34m by 30m.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 10 May 2005.

Monument Types

  • CURVILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • OVAL ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • CURVILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Neolithic - 4000 BC? to 2351 BC?)
  • OVAL BARROW? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • OVAL ENCLOSURE (Neolithic - 4000 BC? to 2351 BC?)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1964. RAF 58/6522 (F22) 0045-6 01-OCT-1964 (NMR).

Related records - none

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