Monument record HRK 029 - Later Prehistoric or Roman oval or sub circular enclosure.

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Summary

An oval or sub circular enclosure of possible Later Prehistoric or Roman date on aerial photographs to the south-east of The Vale Farm, Harkstead

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 188 355 (159m by 164m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM13NE
Civil Parish HARKSTEAD, BABERGH, SUFFOLK

Map

Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Part of ?oval enclosure, W half complete, NE part missing, SE corner not meeting up with the rest but providing a possible side entrance. A stretch of trackway runs SW from the main N-S field ditch. A number of rectilinear field boundaries within and outside the enclosure, but not forming any obvious connection with it. Within HRK 018 (S1).
A sub-circular ditched enclosure of possible Later Prehistoric or Roman date is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs, centred on TM 18883551 to the south-west of The Vale farm, Harkstead. The substantial enclosure ditch is roughly circular with a square north-east corner and encloses an area 97m by 93m. A gap in the enclosure ditch may represent an entrance into the enclosure and a two parallel linear ditches within the enclosure may represent a trackway related to this entrance. This trackway may be a continuation of the trackway to the south recorded in HRK 018. A large pit is visible on the north-west corner of the enclosure ditch where another ditch, of possible geological origin, runs up to the enclosure. The location of the pit may be coincidental and it may be related to the Post Medieval field boundary which runs north to south. Linear ditches, trackways, pits and geological features are also visible within the field (HRK 018) but these do not appear to be directly related to the enclosure. The shape of the enclosure suggests that it may be of Later Prehistoric or Roman date. (S2) (S5-S7)

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <S1> (No record type): SAU, APs AGJ 24, 26.
  • <M1> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. APs: SAU AGJ 24, 26; CUCAP ZZ 77-78, CDK 84.
  • <S2> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. CUCAP (ZZ77) 09-JUL-1959.
  • <S3> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. CUCAP (ZZ78) 09-JUL-1959.
  • <S4> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. CUCAP (CDK84) 27-JUL-1977.
  • <S5> Photograph: National Monuments Record. Air Photograph. NMR TM 1835/21 (4839/77) 08-JUL-1993.
  • <S6> Photograph: National Monuments Record. Air Photograph. NMR TM 1835/39 (23167/19) 22-JUL-2003.
  • <S7> Photograph: National Monuments Record. Air Photograph. NMR TM 1835/43 (23155/31) 22-JUL-2003.
  • <S8> Unpublished document: Martin, E. A. and Plouviez, J.. 1978. Prehistoric and Roman Cropmark Sites in Suffolk.

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Record last edited

May 9 2018 2:54PM

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