Background to the Gazetteer | Table of Contents
|Site name||Chestnuts, Addington|
|Burial codes||5005 5009 5022 5023 5025 5028 5029 5032 5043 5047 5051 5053 5065 5075 5085 5093 5098 5104 5110 5111 5121 5123 5143 5159 5181|
|3500bc - 2500bc||Chambered long barrow oriented E. Windmill Hill sherds from at least 8 bowls and a few scraps of cremated bone were found scattered in the forecourt, possibly cleared primary burials to make room for later interments. They were unworn and had not been disturbed since the final blocking.
The chamber measured c4m x c2m x c3m high, and possibly had a dividing stone and a blocking stone at one time. The floor of the tomb was made from paving slabs set in yellow sand, neither material being local to the site. There were the cremated remains of at least 10 persons (9 adults, 1 child) and two uncremated molars on the greensand paving of the stone chamber. The molars were protected from the acid soil by the cremated material, and were the only evidence for inhumation. There were fragments of 4-6 pots of Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age type in the chamber spoil and two very fine petit-tranchet derivative flint arrow heads and a clay pendant.
The tomb had been robbed, but an undisturbed area at the entrance confirmed the stratigraphy.
|2500bc-14/1300bc||There was evidence for later Neolithic and Early Bronze Age gravegoods with the later cremations.|
|National grid square||TQ|
|Bibliographic source||Alexander 1961, Holgate 1981, Philp 1981|
© Internet Archaeology/Author(s)
Last updated: Tues Aug 10 2004