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Site name North Marden
Site number 106
Burial codes 5005 5009 5021 5023 5025 5028 5030 5032 5036 5037 5043 5045 5051 5053 5065 5075 5085 5092 5096 5103 5106 5111 5112 5127 5143 5151 5181 52004200
3500bc - 2500bc Oval barrow oriented to E. No burials were found under the site of the mound. There was disarticulated human skeletal material in the ditch including a cranium (no trace of burning) of a male c30 or more, and 2 long bone shafts (unburnt) of a (probable) female. These were found in a recut ditch over silt (segment 6) with a deposit of oak, hazel and ash charcoal, and 43 sherds from at least 4 round based bowls. Some of the sherds were of Peterborough ware. The central position and nuclear arrangement of this find implied a deliberately placed ditch deposit rather than disturbed secondary burial.

In ditch segment 2 on top of the primary fill were placed a number of large chalk blocks including three decorated pieces. It was noted that two further pieces of carved chalk were found in other contexts, and that three examples of chalk incisions or carving occurred on the sides of various ditch segments.

In ditch segment 4 was a patch of ashy loam containing burnt flint, animal bones in some quantity and cremated (possibly human) bone, and within this deposit were sherds of Beaker pottery.

RC: from middle ditch fill HAR-5544 2760 +/- 110
2500bc-14/1300bc Overlap site with 3500-2500.

RC: from upper fill of ditches of the oval barrow HAR-5542 1600 +/- 80, HAR-5543 1640 +/- 80
Remains/Period Y5 N4
County Sussex
Region SE
National grid square SU
X coordinate 801
Y coordinate 156
Bibliographic source Drewett 1986


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