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Arminghall Henge Henge
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Bircham Common Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Blood Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Boudicca's Grave Round Barrow(s)
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Broome Heath Long Barrow Long Barrow
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East Harling Heath Round Barrow(s)
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Eaton Heath Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Emily's Wood Round Barrow(s)
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Fiddler's Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Grime's Graves Ancient Mine / Quarry
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Hangour Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Happisburgh
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Harpley Common Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Hill of Peace Round Barrow(s)
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Holkham Camp Hillfort
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Little Cressingham Barrow Cemetery Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Markshall Heath Henge
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Mickle Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Middle Harling Round Barrow(s)
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Mill Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Oxfoot Stone Natural Rock Feature
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Pepper Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Roughton Causewayed Enclosure Enclosure
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Salthouse Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Salthouse Causewayed Enclosure Enclosure
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Sea Henge Timber Circle
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Seven Hills Barrows Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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South Creake Plateau Fort
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Stockton Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tasburgh Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Thetford Castle Hillfort
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Tutt Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Warham Camp Hillfort
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Wayland Wood, Watton Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Weasenham All Saints / Lyngs Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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West Rudham Longbarrow Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Whitlingham Lane Ancient Mine / Quarry

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Bronze Age Rudham Dirk saved for museum


A spectacular new Norfolk treasure has been unveiled - after years of being used as a doorstop.

The 3,500-year-old Rudham Dirk, a ceremonial Middle Bronze Age dagger, was first ploughed up near East Rudham more than a decade ago. But the landowner didn’t realise what it was and was using it to prop open his office door... continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
23rd November 2014ce

New Dig at Caistor by Norwich


A team of archaeologists from the University of Nottingham are to commence a dig at the Roman town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund, just outside Norwich, looking for evidence of occupation in the Iron Age... continues...
Posted by Woodspirit
19th August 2010ce
Edited 19th August 2010ce

How discovery off the Norfolk coast holds the key to Norway's past


Lost land under the sea.....

It is just eight inches long, but its discovery changed what we know about prehistoric Europe and our ancestors... continues...
moss Posted by moss
18th March 2010ce
Edited 18th March 2010ce

Excavations begin at the buried town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk.

Excavations will target some of the pre-Roman features shown up by the geophysical survey of 2007.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/8219620.stm
PertWeed Posted by PertWeed
25th August 2009ce

Hand Axes dredged off Great Yarmouth win archaeology award

The story from Dredging News (what, you don't read it?):

http://www.sandandgravel.com/news/article.asp?v1=11680
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
13th March 2009ce

'Norfolk's First Farmers'


The museum at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, near Dereham, currently has an exhibition called 'Norfolk's First Farmers'. Items on display include a famous 11,500-year-old antler harpoon used for hunting, and which was dredged up from the sea floor north of Cromer in 1931, and a bronze-age cauldron... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
22nd October 2006ce

Remains of barrow found under Norwich city centre


Excavations in Ber Street have unearthed the traces of a Bronze Age barrow, including pieces of burial urn. The barrow is thought to be the first found in the centre of the city... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th September 2006ce
Edited 18th September 2006ce

Missing section of Sedgeford Torc found


A gold torc made from 25 metres of twisted wire was found in Sedgeford, Norfolk in the 1960s - but it had a bit missing. It went on display in the British Museum (who don't care if things are a bit battered). Now Steve Hammond, a local amateur archaeologist, has found the missing section, about 400 yards away from the original find spot... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
14th December 2005ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

Norfolk: Bronze Age artefact found in garden


An article by Ben Kendall of the Eastern Daily Press online, 26th April 2005:

One of the biggest hauls of Bronze Age artefacts ever found in Norfolk has been uncovered in a garden - but it very nearly ended up in a skip... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
26th April 2005ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

Norfolk Historic Environment Record to go on Net?


Summarised from James Goffin's article, "Norfolk's changing landscape set for web", published on 17.11.04 by EDP24.

The Norfolk Historic Environment Record (NHER) could be made available to the public over the internet in a £140,000 project... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th November 2004ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

Torc Discovery Rivals Snettisham Hoard


Eastern Daily Press

Torc discovery rivals Snettisham hoard

An Iron Age torc unearthed in a Norfolk field this summer has been hailed as an exceptional find on a par with the famed Snettisham hoard... continues...
Posted by phil
15th November 2003ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

Site Dig Points To Rich Historical Seam


It will soon be a shrine to the modern age of commercialism, where shoppers park their cars as they head into the city. But excavation work on the new park-and-ride site at Harford, south of Norwich, has revealed an insight into a rich and intriguing period of the area's ancient history... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
3rd October 2003ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

Ancient Runes Were Cut by Barry The Builder


From an article by Alan Hamilton, published in The Times, on 3rd September 2003:
Cryptic runic symbols discovered on a block of granite in Norfolk, initially thought to be of huge archaeological significance, have been found to be just eight years old... continues...
Kammer Posted by Kammer
3rd September 2003ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

Rock art discovered in East Anglia


A holiday-maker has stumbled upon elaborate carvings believed to date back to the Bronze Age on a large granite stone at Gorleston beach.

The man spotted the markings, which were gouged deep into a rock used as part of the sea defence to protect the promenade and sea wall, and reported his findings to the Norfolk Archaeological Unit... continues...
Jane Posted by Jane
30th August 2003ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

Gold coins found stashed in cow bone


If the link's still working you can see them: do they have beaky faces like the Uffington horse? They're facing the right way. Though horses do have to face one way or the other, I admit.

Hoard of golden coins found at dig site
August 14, 2003 08:20

By any stretch of the imagination, it is an unusual moneybox... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th August 2003ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

Ancient tools found in Norwich


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/2994828.stm

A cluster of rare flint tools unearthed at Norwich City's football ground could date back 12,000.
Archaeologists have found flint artefacts on the site of a new stand at the club's Carrow Road ground... continues...
Posted by phil
17th June 2003ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

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THREE SITES IN NORFOLK

I was hoping that I might be able to help Mr. Cope with his next book by suggesting a few places he could visit in Norfolk, perhaps when he plays at UEA here in May. Then the spectre of Foot and Mouth loomed, however two of these three could probably still be visited, as they aren't actually on farmland.

There is very little to actually find in Norfolk, since there is a fairly large amount of reclaimed land here and much of the rest has been heavily ploughed over the years. As such it's likely that many possible sites have now been permanently lost, only the occasional aerial photo giving us a glimpse of what might have been!

So here are a few slightly obscure sites that I have managed to locate...

(1) Arminghall Henge (Map ref. 134 - 239060)
- Just to the south of Norwich, this is likely to be closed off due to foot and mouth as it lies in an area used for pasture, but usually it can be reached via the footpath that cuts though the field - the henge is actually marked on the OS map. Its remarkable that it hasn't been totally destroyed, as it is close to the railway and an electrical sub station (a pylon actually stands on its outer edge). However it has been very nearly ploughed out... you can just make out bank and ditches from ground level. The henge is mentioned in many books (there's a nice bit about it in Mike Pitts' "Hengeworld") and was discovered from the air in 1929 by Wing Commander Insall, who also discovered Woodhenge in the same way. Carbon dating shows it to be contemporary with many dates for Avebury and Durrington Walls. There is an excellent photograph of it (and some of the other places I have mentioned) in the Norfolk Museum Services book "Norfolk from the Air Vol.1"

(2) Ditchingham Longbarrow (Map ref. 134 - 344912)
- Amazingly, this place isn't marked on the OS Map (it's just to the West of the point on the map where the footpath and bridleway cross), yet Broome Heath in Ditchingham must have been a veritable prehistoric metropolis in it's time. Not only is there this huge longbarrow, but there are a number of Bronze Age round barrows close by, and just to the south west of the barrow is a curved enclosure, which can be perceived from the ground. The barrow itself hasn't been officially excavated but the enclosure has and looks to be neolithic. There were certainly a number of flint flakes around with the tell-tale percussion marks on them.

(3) The Stockton Stone (Map ref. 134 - 386946)
- This is marked on the OS Map (it's on the bank between the road and the layby that runs around it) - Norfolk's only standing stone, and at a huge three and a half feet, quite impressive!! A curiosity...the stone itself looks remarkably similar in nature to many of the stones used in Wessex monuments...but is it genuine or not? Even so, why is it there...I haven't really been able to find this one out. Still, a standing stone in Norfolk, no matter how small, is very special.

Once the foot and mouth restrictions are lifted I am hoping to continue to locate what I can of Norfolk's few ancient sites (including an area of barrows at West Rudham - Map ref. 132 - 810253). Also of interest to others might be Warham Camp (Map ref. 132 - 945408) and Holkham Camp (Map ref. 132 - 874447), both Iron Age Hillforts which I think are on farmland - it's been a while since I went last - and the constantly surprising Holme next the Sea - former site of 'Seahenge', the replica of which is on the edge of an orchard, just north of a kink in the road at map. ref 132 - 719433, and clearly visible from the road.
Rob Gillespie Posted by Rob Gillespie
17th April 2001ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

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Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service: Collections Online for All


Searchable database of the NMAS holdings - many of the artefacts have photos, and more are being added "as quickly as possible". As an example, here is an axe made at Grimes Graves:
http://www.culturalmodes.norfolk.gov.uk/projects/nmaspub5.asp?page=item&itemId=NWHCM%20:%201906.28.3%20:%20A
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
22nd October 2006ce

Thetford Forest Archaeological Survey


Details and photos of flint tools and prehistoric ceramics found in the forest.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
3rd June 2004ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

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Grime's Graves (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — Folklore

The mound called 'Grimshoe' is at TL8190289813. It gave its name to the Hundred of Grimshoe - the name coming from 'Grim's Howe', or the burial mound of Grim (Woden / Odin). It's probably a spoil mound from the quarrying, or maybe created especially from the spoil for the purposes of a special place for impressive Hundred Meetings. But don't let its mundane origin detract from its mythological splendour. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th December 2014ce

Stockton Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Miscellaneous

Just a snippet from History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk.. by William White (3rd ed, 1864):
At the side of the road, near the boundary of Stockton and Hales, is a large stone, weighing about two tons, called "Stockton Stone," and in the ancient Town Book, still preserved, is an entry, dated 1645, recording the payment of a small sum for "putting stulps to Stockton Stone."
A stulp is a support or post. So it sounds like they were looking after it.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
11th December 2014ce

Middle Harling (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 28.10.14

Directions:
A short distance west of the barrow at East Harling.


The barrow is in the middle of a pig farm (one of many in this part of the world) so I wasn't getting any closer than a view from the road.

I think I saw the barrow as a small rough-grass covered mound. I am not 100% and it could have quite easily been a natural mound.

E.H. have nothing to report.
Posted by CARL
2nd November 2014ce

East Harling Heath (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

'Drive by' 28.10.14

Directions:
South of East Harling, alongside the B1111.


I could just about make out a grass covered mound amid trees and bushes.

E.H. have no comment.
Posted by CARL
2nd November 2014ce

Thetford Castle (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Visited 28.10.14

Directions:
Eastern side of Thetford - can't miss it!


The Norman motte is huge (apparently the largest medieval earthworks in Britain). The banks and ditches surrounding the motte are also very impressive.
This is the part which includes the earlier Iron Age defences.

The site is in a public park so access is not an issue. An added bonus is the fact there is a play ground to keep the little ones happy while you go exploring!

** Thetford was where they filmed Dads Army. Check out the superb statue of Captain Mainwaring! There is also a museum dedicated to the show which, unfortunately, was closed when I visited.
Posted by CARL
2nd November 2014ce

Emily's Wood (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

'Drive by' 28.10.14

Directions:
West of Grimes Graves, alongside the road but in dense woodland.

A proper search for the barrows would be quite tricky as this appears to be on MOD land and there are warning signs to say the verge is soft so you could get stuck if you pulled over.

I possibly saw one of the barrows as a low overgrown mound amid the trees - but I can't be 100% sure.

E.H. state:
Two bowl barrows visible as earthen mounds. Both approx 1m high x 30m in diameter.
Posted by CARL
2nd November 2014ce

Pepper Hill (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 28.10.14

Directions:
Just off the A1065, north of Brandon.

As Postie says, the barrow is a big 'un and easy to see from the lane which runs immediately to the south.

As the barrow is in a field of crop (and the other side of a barbed wire fence) I also settled for a view from the road. Worth looking out for.
Posted by CARL
2nd November 2014ce

Grime's Graves (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — Fieldnotes

Visited 29.10.14

Well, I finally managed to get here!

We parked up on the grass field (which doubles for a car park) and made our way to the information centre/museum/shop. Sophie was too young to be allowed down the mine (minimum age 5) although I know she wouldn't have any difficulty getting down. She had to satisfy herself with an ice cream and a DVD of Peppa Pig sat in the car with Karen as myself and Dafydd headed for the entrance to the mine.

I was surprised to find a sort of Potacabin above the entrance as when I have seen the site on TV they always enter via a shaft which requires a hand winched hatch to be opened. (I later discovered that that particular shaft is not open to the public and is on the far side of the field - unless you happen to be Neil Oliver of course!)

We donned our hard hats and climbed down the ladder. There were only two other people there so we didn't need to wait. If you do have to wait there were replica hand axes/arrow heads/scrapers you could examine in the 'Portacabin'. Once at the bottom of the ladder our eyes soon adjusted to the gloom and we took it in turns to duck down and peer through the railings and into the tunnels.

In the main shaft many of the prized blac flints could be easily seen against the backdrop of the white chalk. I was surprised to see ferns growing on the sides of the top of the shaft. I was glad I had my hard hat on as several times I bashed my head on the stones! We were able to spend as long as we wanted at the bottom of the shaft before returning to the surface.

We then headed across the pock-scarred field to explore the 'lumps and bumps'. This is often referred to as being a 'lunar landscape' but to me it just seemed exactly what it was - a post-industrial landscape. Being from South Wales I am used to seeing the scars of industry making their mark on the landscape. This seemed no different.

As we walked back to the car two army helicopters landed soldiers in the field opposite and they then practiced their landing/taking off. Most of the land surrounding Grimes Graves is owned by the MOD.

I am glad I visited Grimes Graves - it is amazing that these ancient places are still with us - and I would certainly recommend a visit if you happen to be in the area. As an added bonus it's another English Heritage site knocked off the list!
Posted by CARL
31st October 2014ce

South Creake (Plateau Fort) — Fieldnotes

Visited 28.10.14

Direction:
South-West of South Creake along a minor road.


I wasn't expecting much from this site but I was pleasantly surprised. A decent car park, litter bin, benches/table and information boards. Access from the car park to the fort is via a wooden kissing gate.

Despite being the end of October it felt more like summer. Clear blue sky, warm sunshine and feeling comfortable in shorts and t-shirt.

Although most of the site has been ploughed away (one section survives to a height of about 1.5m) the information boards give a good idea of how it would have looked in its prime.

An RAF jet roared overhead, twisting and turning as the pilot practiced their manouvers. I am sure the inhabitants of the hillfort would have appreciated having one of those when facing the mighty Roman Army!

This is a great example of how a site can be both protected and made accessible for the public to visit Well done to Norfolk Archaeology Trust for their good work. Let's hope other parts of the country follow suite.
Posted by CARL
29th October 2014ce

Sea Henge (Timber Circle) — Fieldnotes

Visited 28.10.14

Directions:
Lynn Museum, Market Street, Kings Lynn
(entrance at the bus station)

Being a big Time Team fan I have wanted to see these timbers ever since the (in)famous 'special'. It's a long way from Cardiff to Kings Lynn but at last I got the chance. I had planned this holiday and booked the hotels months ago but last week my dad passed away at the 'ripe old age' of 93. I know this is a 'good innings' as they say but the sense of grief remains the same. The holiday was therefore nearly cancelled but as there was nothing I could do at home it seemed pointless moping about at home.

From October to March the museum is free to enter which is an added bonus. I was able to buy a leaflet on Seahenge for 50p but was surprised there wasn't something more 'substantial' available to buy. Although they did have several Francis Pryor books on display.

Myself and Dafydd eagerly went through the door marked Seahenge exhibition (unfortunately no audio phones available) and we made our way past the model of one of the Seahenge builders and the reconstructed outside of the timber circle. Although made of fiber glass it does look like real wood to be fair.

We the turned around the corner to see the real thing (well, half of the circle anyway) encased behind glass. The information boards are very good although I was expecting the timbers to be rather larger.

Enclosed in a separate glass case is the mighty upside down tree trunk, complete with hole in order to drag it across the land. The tree trunk is very big, much larger than I was expecting.

There are also several display cabinets showing prehistoric finds from the locality. There are also very good. The rest of the museum covers the Roman period right through to recent times.

The start attraction of the museum of course is Seahenge. It really is very special and well worth the effort involved in getting to see it. Lynn Museum isn't very big and I can see that they have done their best to display the timbers. However, it is a pity that the circle couldn't be displayed in its entirety with the tree trunk in the middle. Perhaps one day this may be possible? I assume the other timbers are safely stored away somewhere?

Do try to visit the museum if you happen to be in the area. It is well worth it.


***
It seems likely that the upturned tree trunk served as a place for a body to be exposed to the elements in order to be 'prepared' for burial. Last week my father passed away and yesterday I had a 'phone call from my sister to say that he is now at the funeral home being 'prepared' for his funeral next week. It may me think of the emotions the people who built Seahenge must have also been going through.

These notes are dedicated to my dad who I thank for taking me on holiday around this wonderful country of ours whilst I was growing up and hence installing my 'curiosity' to visit places of my own.
Posted by CARL
29th October 2014ce
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