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Site name Near Pearith's Farm, Long Wittenham
Site number 1070
Burial codes 3002 3005 3021 3023 3026 3028 3030 3035 3041 3048 3051 3053 3065 3075 3084 3092 3098 3102 3104 3108 3111 3128 3143 3153 3161 3181
14/1300bc-8/700bc Five cremation burial pits: Pit 1 was 0.6m across x 0.85m deep containing only charcoal and the cremated bones of a female adult; Pit 2 was 0.6m across x 0.9m deep containing a large Abercromby type 2 Deverel urn which held the cremated remains of an adult and child, and charcoal.

Pits 3-5 were in a triangle, all were 0.5m across x 0.6-0.75m deep, and all contained earth heavily loaded with charcoal (from plum, oak, apple or pear and hawthorn) surrounding a small pot, but none contained cremated bone. One pot resembled Abercromby's knobbed cinerary urn as at Mill Hill Park, Acton (Site 857), and another was a miniature of the large urn previously described. The third urn was represented by a sherd. The setting of these was interpreted as the burning of a food or drink offering in situ under a fire, which when extinct helped to fill in the holes in which the urns had been placed.
Remains/Period Y3
County Oxfordshire
Region SE
National grid square SU
X coordinate 540
Y coordinate 930
Bibliographic source Leeds 1929


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