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Vikings Mound

Hob Uid: 387440
Location :
Norfolk
Breckland
Quidenham
Grid Ref : TM0267087810
Summary : Mound, possible barrow later used as mill mound or possible motte.
More information : (TM 02678781) Vikings Mound (NAT) Tumulus (NR). (1)

Tumulus of bowl type, 93ft diameter and 10ft high, very steep
with flat top. Cut into on S and SE sides, and no sign of a ditch. (2)

An imposing mound with surrounding ditch situated on a sloping spur, overlooking a river crossing, and now covered with undergrowth and trees, including an oak in excess of 300 years old. The mound has a maximum overall diameter of 20.0m and a height, above the ditch bottom, of 3.3m; the flat top, at its widest point is 13.0m in diameter, and shows no evidence of a former structure. The surrounding ditch is of impressive proportions, having a base width of up to 8.0m and a depth to the north west of 1.3m; owing to the natural slope this is reduced in the southeast quadrant to 0.4m; the ditch is broken by a causeway to the north-east 3.0m wide.

The topographical situation, method of construction, and general appearance suggest this could be a castle mound. No reference to it could be found in the County Library, and it is not shown on early maps in the County Record Office. The name 'Viking Mound' is still in local use.

The County Archaeology Unit say that this is the traditional site of Boadicea's burial. They suggest it might be a barrow later used as a mill mound, but there is no evidence to support this.
Surveyed at 1:2500. (3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1959
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Norf Res Comm (Barrow List)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 FDC 31-MAY-77
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Round Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Windmill Mound, Motte
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NF 192
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Norfolk)
External Cross Reference Number : 10785
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TM 08 NW 7
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TM 08 NW 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1977-05-31
End Date : 1977-05-31