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The former RAF radar site Norwich Road Watton Norfolk

Anker, Katrina The former RAF radar site Norwich Road Watton Norfolk. [Client Report] (Unpublished)




In November and December 2005, Oxford Archaeology (OA) carried out a field evaluation at the former RAF radar site, Watton, Norfolk (NGR: TF 926 007), on behalf of John Samuels Archaeological Consultants. The evaluation revealed limited archaeological remains. The discovery of a Bronze Age round barrow with a central cremation urn in a trench to the south of the site, together with a possible associated inhumation (of uncertain date, possibly pre-historic based on very limited pottery evidence), may give a context for the hoard of prehistoric socketed axes discovered on the site in 1958. In addition to the barrow and burial remains, a Bronze Age ditch containing fragments of a bucket urn was found in Trench 16 (towards the centre of the site). A northern continuation of this ditch, or at least its alignment, was suggested by features (a ditch and gully) in other trenches. A few undated features were recorded, some cut by tree-throw holes. A number of natural geological features were also identified. Natural subsoil appears to cover most of the site, where not cut away by building activities when the RAF occupied the site. The northern part of the site has seen more intrusion by building works than the southern part and a number of services also cross the site. Post-medieval plough furrows were also observed at the south end of the site and a pillbox of W.W.II date was recorded at the eastern perimeter.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Norfolk
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC > Middle Bronze Age 1600 - 1,000 BC
Period > UK Periods > Modern 1901 - present
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:3369
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:16 Nov 2017 15:10
Last Modified:16 Nov 2017 15:10

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