Monument record BEL 013 - A possible ring ditch, visible as a cropmark on the northern bank of the River Fynn.

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A ring ditch of unknown date can be seen as a cropmark on aerial photographs, on the northern bank of the River Fynn, Little Bealings parish.


Grid reference Centred TM 2291 4767 (24m by 28m)
Map sheet TM24NW


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Single ring ditch circa 25m diameter (S1).
A ring ditch can be seen as a cropmark on aerial photographs on the northern bank of the River Fynn, centred on circa TM229476, Little Bealings parish. The ring ditch is slightly irregular in shape, slightly oval in form with a flattened southern side, but is on average circa 26 metres in diameter. A possible pit is also be visible as cropmark roughly at the centre of the ring ditch. This ring ditch, and two more like it nearby (BEL 012, BEL 014), are located in an area of well drained soils, possibly on a small island of gravels. Its location on the bank of the River Fynn below the 10 metre contour is not typical of round barrows of Bronze Age date, and potential interpretations as the remains of monuments or settlements of the Saxon period, or alternatively a settlement of the later prehistoric period, may be more likely; finds from both periods are known in this area (see BEL 014 and BEL 016). (S2)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> (No record type): SAU, AP AGF 6, 1977.
  • <M1> Photograph: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Air Photograph. AP: AGF 6.
  • <S2> Photograph: National Monuments Record. Air Photograph. NMR TM 2247/1 14-JUL-1977.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Sep 24 2014 1:53PM

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