Monument record MCC8879 - Bronze Age barrow cemetery and undated cropmarks, Bonds Green Farm, East Mersea


Undated cropmarks recorded by aerial photography, including ring ditches and field boundaries, to the west of Bonds Green Farm and north of Fen Farm.


Grid reference Centred TM 057 146 (360m by 704m)
Map sheet TM01SE


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Full Description

Ring ditches observed in 1964.<1> Linear features, including a possible trackway, are heavily masked by geological features. A possible causewayed ring ditch at TM05751465. CUC photographs of 1979 show about eight ring ditches (one double-ditched), a circular post hole structure and other faint ditches.<2> Four ring ditches visible from ground observation by J.B. Bennett.<3> AP refs: <4>-<9> Other ref: <10>

The NMP mapped nine ring ditches, probably representing a Bronze Age round barrow cemetery. There are seven complete single ring-ditches, ranging in size from 7-10m and on the west side of the cluster one partial ring-ditch is visible and open to the west and measures c.10m in diameter. The large double ditched ring ditch is 17m in diameter with no visible entrances or causeways. To the south of the cluster of ring ditches, there is a further ring ditch 13m in diameter which abuts a long linear features which maybe a former field boundary. To the south of this, there is a large enclosure 60m x 91m that appears to have a complex entrance way and a ring-ditch within its interior, 11m in diameter, which could represent a possible round house.<11>

Sources/Archives (11)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: unknown. 1964. Excavations. Vol 7, No 3, p.34.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Priddy, DA. 1980. SMR.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Colchester Archaeology Group. 1975. Colchester Archaeol Group Annu Bull. Vol 18, p.24.
  • <4> AP: RAF. 1956. 540/1785/0063-0064.
  • <5> AP: CUCAP. 1976. BXM96, 100.
  • <6> AP: CUCAP. 1979. CJF4-6.
  • <7> AP: NMR. 1976. TM0514/2/412-415. Date 1976:6.
  • <8> AP: NMR. 1979. TM0514/1/471, 473, 475. Date 1979:7.
  • <9> AP: unknown. unknown. 2 frames, unref.
  • <10> RECORD SHEET/FORM: Ordnance Survey. unknown. OS cards. TM01SE12, 1976.
  • <11> Map: Ingle, CJ, Strachan, D, Tyler, S and Saunders, H. 1993-2012. NMP Cropmark Plot - 1:10,000.

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Nov 14 2017 3:21PM

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