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Site name Ring ditch 4 between Linch Hill and Stanton Harcourt
Site number 1010
Burial codes 4005 4009 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4041 4048 4051 4065 4075 4084 4092 4098 4104 4108 4110 4111 4124 4128 4143 4151 4153 4159 4181
2500bc-14/1300bc A ring ditch containing seven cremation burials.

Burial 1 was covered by two slabs of gravel conglomerate and comprised a mass of dark loam in which were charcoal, fire-cracked pebbles and a small quantity of burnt bone possibly of a child. There was no obvious pit.

Burial 2 was covered by a slab of gravel conglomerate, was smaller in area and contained only minute fragments of burned bone, possibly of a child. There was a thin layer of soil between the cremation deposit and the bottom of the covering slab.

Burial 3 was of three adults or more, and formed a scatter of dark loam, charcoal, much burned bone, sherds and cracked pebbles. It was not covered.

Burial 4 was 9m east of the ring ditch in a shallow circular pit 0.45m in diameter dug into the gravel, and with a clay lining. It contained the cremated bones of one adult and 4 sherds.

Burials 5, 6 and 7 were in the ditch filling or ditch edge. No 5 comprised fragments of burned bone from an adult and two sherds, No 6 was an assumed burial from fragments of a Middle Bronze Age accessory vessel recovered, and No 7 was in the interior of the ring ditch near its edge, being fragments of burned bone from one individual and a sherd.
Remains/Period Y4
County Oxfordshire
Region SE
National grid square SP
X coordinate 406
Y coordinate 49
Bibliographic source Hamlin and Case 1963


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