Hilborough Moated Site, Breckland, Norfolk: Archaeological Survey

Author(s): Magnus Alexander, Fiona Small, Eleanor Salkeld

This short project studied a well-defined medieval moated platform and a range of other earthworks running along the valley of the River Wissey between Bodney and Hilborough, Norfolk. The moat had been put forward for assessment for scheduling as part of a review of schedulings across the MOD’s STANTA (STANford Training Area) estate. Its relationships with other, less well understood earthworks meant that a characterisation of the area would be valuable in defining the extent and nature of any proposed scheduled area. In addition, the MOD wished to construct a road and bridge over the River Wissey and an assessment of the archaeology would also inform the planning of these works. The aerial/lidar survey work demonstrated the survival of extensive landscape features for several hundred metres along of the valley to the north and south, as well as on adjacent higher ground. In addition, detailed earthwork suvey examined the moat and also suggested an associated enclosure and several potential areas of building remains, in addition to field boundaries and drainage features.

Report Number:
Research Department Reports
Medieval Post Medieval Earthwork


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