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Sites in this group:

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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)
51 posts
Grime's Graves Ancient Mine / Quarry
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Hangour Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Harpley Common Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Hill of Peace Round Barrow(s)
5 posts
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
3 posts
Tasburgh Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
28 posts
Thetford Castle Hillfort
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Tutt Hill Round Barrow(s)
11 posts
Warham Camp Hillfort
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Wayland Wood, Watton Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Weasenham All Saints / Lyngs Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
10 posts
West Rudham Longbarrow Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
2 posts
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.
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?):
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

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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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:
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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Fiddler's Hill (Round Barrow(s)) — Folklore

Legend of Fiddler's Hill
Does Warham Discovery Prove Old Legend True.

Is the old legend of Fiddler's Hill, Warham, true?
What appears to be surprising confirmation of it has been brought to light by Norfolk County Council men working on the roads. They have discovered in a mound at the crossing of the Wighton and Stiffkey road and the Binham and Warham road the skeletons of a man and a dog.

For generations the cross-roads have been known as Fiddler's Hill because of the old folk story of the fiddler. Centuries ago there was a secret passage joining Walsingham Abbey to Binham Priory. One day a fiddler and his dog, runs the legend, attempted to walk from the Abbey to the Priory by way of the old secret tunnel. Their progress was followed by some friends above ground, for as he walked, the fiddler played. The strains of the music were plainly heard slowly moving away from Walsingham towards Fiddler's Hill. Then they ceased. The fiddler and his dog were never seen again, but mysterious music, it is sometimes heard at midnight.

The bones have been handed over to the police, who took them to Dr. Hicks, of Wells, for examination. Later they may be seen by an anthropologist.
From the Thetford and Watton Times, 15th April 1933.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
9th May 2017ce

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

Grime's Graves to open a second pit to the public

A challenging descent by ladder, winch and harness into a prehistoric underworld will open to the public for the first time this year, allowing exploration of shafts and galleries cut deep under Norfolk heathland more than 4,000 years ago.

The extraordinary surface landscape of Grime’s Graves, pockmarked with hundreds of shallow depressions, puzzled people for many centuries until they were identified about 150 years ago as neolithic flint mines.

More at
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th March 2017ce

Sea Henge (Timber Circle) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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15th October 2016ce

Harpley Common (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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19th March 2016ce

West Rudham Longbarrow (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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18th February 2016ce

Holkham Camp (Hillfort) — Images

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3rd January 2016ce

Arminghall Henge — Images

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3rd January 2016ce

Thetford Castle (Hillfort) — Images

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2nd May 2015ce

Arminghall Henge — Miscellaneous

Details of henge on Pastscape

A henge monument at Arminghall photographed from the air (as cropmarks) in 1929 and partly excavated in 1935. The site comprises two concentric sub-circular ditches, the innermost circa 27 metres across and the outer circa 82 metres across. The outer ditch is much narrower. Traces of a slight bank were noted both inside the outer ditch and outside the inner ditch. These are presumed by the excavator to represent the same bank. The inner ditch has an entrance on its south-western side. The outer ditch could not be traced on the south west, so it is unclear if it featured a corresponding entrance gap. Cropmark evidence in fact suggests that there may have been three or four interruptions in the oute circuit in the south to southwest sector. Within the inner enclosure was a horseshoe-shaped arrangement of 8 substantial post holes, each of which was accompanied by a ramp (all facing the same direction). The two post holes which were excavated suggested that they held oak posts each about 1 foot in diameter, and sunk about 8 feet into the ground. Several decades later, a radiocarbon date of 2490+/-150 bc (uncalibrated) was obtained from charcoal recovered from one of the post holes. Finds from primary contexts were rather limited, comprising mainly flint flakes, cores and burnt flints plus 16 sherds of rusticated Beaker pottery from a "charcoal seam" in the inner ditch. The presence of Beaker sherds is a little at odds with the radiocarbon date, even allowing for the age of the wood, which suggests that the timber circle/horseshoe may well pre-date the henge itself. Unstratified material and finds from secondary contexts included items of Mesolithic, Iron Age and Roman date.
Chance Posted by Chance
28th December 2014ce
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