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Little Cressingham Barrow Cemetery

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


Details of site on Pastscape

TL 86829904 Site of (NAT) Tumulus (NR) Human Remains, Bronze Dagger & Javelin Head, Amber Beads, Gold Breastplate, & Armilla found AD 1849 (NAT) (1)
A contracted inhumation was found in 'The Triangle' (formerly known as 'Hill Field') by a workman in 1849. Grave goods included bronze weapons, gold ornaments and amber beads (see illustration) There were clear indications of a destroyed tumulus with a distinct outer circle of chalk; the burial was found west of the centre about half way towards the circumference. Finds are in Norwich Castle Museum. (3). (2-3)
St Joseph AP's (ZA 24 & 25; St Joseph AP List) show ring ditches at TL 86829904 and TL 86929906.The 1849 finds could have come from either site (Ring ditches not visible on available AP's (RAF 1955)).
Both sites were recognisable as bowl barrows when seen by R R Clarke and L V Grinsell in 1936. (4)
Objects found in 1849 represent a typical Wessex type grave group. (See Illustration) Both sites are on arable land, at
present under winter crop. No surface indications of barrows could be seen. (5-6)
No change to field report of authority 5. St Joseph's quoted APs are not available at Norwich Museum nor are they held by Norfolk Archaeological Unit. OS APs (Flights of 1975) inspected show no ring ditches in an area of intense cultivation. (7)

( 1) Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) OS 6" 1906
( 2) General reference - Norf Arch 3 1852 1-2 illust (T Barton)
( 3) General reference - BA Metalwork in Norwich Castle Museum 1966 26
( 4) General reference - Norwich Castle Museum 6" Records
( 5) General reference - PPS 4 1938 92 fig 22 (S. Piggott)
( 6) Field Investigators Comments F1 BHS 13-DEC-73
( 7) Field Investigators Comments F2 FDC 26-JAN-76
Chance Posted by Chance
11th January 2012ce
Edited 11th January 2012ce

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