Monument record HNV 002 - Fornham cursus

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Part of Fornham cursus (see FAS 004) and other cropmarks.


Grid reference Centred TL 829 686 (344m by 535m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL86NW


Type and Period (3)

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Fornham cursus and other cropmarks.
Part of an extensive area of cropmarks alongside the River Lark first photographed by Prof J K St Joseph of Cambridge. Most of the area is in the adjoining parish of Fornham All Saints (see FAS 004). The Hengrave part includes the N end of the cursus (probably Neolithic), at least four ring-ditches, HNV 020, HNV 021, HNV 022, HNV 023 and part of a rectangular enclosure. There are also numerous pits which appear to be mainly confined to the east of the cursus.
Area presumably cut by sewer trench to West Stow circa 1886/7 - see HNV Misc Un. Possible gaps near W end (S2).
December 1995: Fieldwalking as part of Breckland Archaeological Survey located thin scatter of flint flakes, one sherd of Thetford ware and numerous PMed pot + tile fragments. See parish file for list (S3).

Sources/Archives (13)

  • --- Photograph: Norfolk Archaeological Unit. Air photograph. NAU, AP, TL831664, JDE 1-6, JULY 1996.
  • <M1> (No record type): SAM file:.
  • <R1> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. CUCAP, AP ADE 53. ADE 39 etc.
  • <S1> Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. Scheduling information.
  • <M2> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. APs: CUCAP, ADE 53, ADE 39, CJB 31, 32, BNB 32, 42, BGS 14-15.
  • <S2> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. CUCAP, APs CJB 31, 32, BNB 32, 42, BGS 14-15, 1971.
  • <R2> Bibliographic reference: A Barclay & J Harding. 1999. Pathways & Ceremonies: The Cursus Monuments of Britain & Ireland.
  • <S3> (No record type): Sussams K, Breckland Archaeological Survey, December 1995.
  • <M3> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: list of artefacts and distribution map.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Carolyn Dyer (RCHME). 1996. A Neolithic Monument complex at Fornham All Saints, Suffolk. ill.
  • <S5> Bibliographic reference: Oswald, A., Dyer, C. & Barber, M.. 2001. The Creation of Monuments: Neolithic Causewayed Enclosures in the British Isles.
  • <S6> Article in monograph: JD Hedges & DG Buckley. 1981. Springfield Cursus and the Cursus Problem. fig 5.
  • <S7> Bibliographic reference: Loveday R. 2006. Inscribed Across the Landscape: The Cursus Enigma. ill.

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May 16 2019 10:56PM

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