Monument record BNT 021 - Prehistoric or Roman Ditched trackway and field boundaries.

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Summary

A ditched trackway and field boundaries of probable prehistoric or Roman date are visible on aerial photographs to the east of Gravelpit lane, Bramham parish

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 112 349 (356m by 591m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM13SW
Civil Parish BRANTHAM, BABERGH, SUFFOLK

Map

Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Pair of parallel sinuous ditches, possibly part of trackway, with associated linear ditches of presumed field system (S1).
A ditched trackway and associated field boundaries of probable prehistoric or Roman date are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs, centred on circa TM11213490, Brantham parish. The tracks are on average about 10m wide with the main axis orientated roughly north-east to south-west. A number of probable field boundaries extend laterally from the central area of the track, with a particularly regular enclosure visible at circa TM11273504. To the northern end of the visible feature, at circa TM11243514, the track appears to branch of in three directions, while to the south at circa TM11133482 it doglegs towards the south-east. The irregular form of much of the track suggests that it is probably later prehistoric or Roman in date. The presence of very regular fields or enclosures may suggest continued use into the Roman period, although a second regular possible enclosure visible to the south east at circa TM11383482 appears to be very crisp and regular and cuts a possible boundary, suggesting it may be significantly later in date. The cropmarks may continue to the north-west, but are obscured by geological features. (S2-S3)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> (No record type): McMasters, I.. McMasters Mrs, AP, 74, 75, 1986.
  • <M1> (No record type): AP: Mrs McMasters 74, 75.
  • <S2> Photograph: National Monuments Record. Air Photograph. NMR TM1135/1 (956 443-4) 07-JUN-1976.
  • <S3> Photograph: National Monuments Record. Air Photograph. NMR TM1134/3-4 (1832/267-8) 31-JUL-1980.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 14 2013 11:17AM

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