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|Site name||Deerleap Wood, Wotton 1, Mole Valley|
|Burial codes||4001 4005 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4032 4042 4048 4052 4053 4065 4075 4084 4098 4104 4111 4128 4143 4151 4152 4167 4181|
|2500bc-14/1300bc||A bell-barrow with ditch and outer bank, with a central mound of turves within a greater mound which itself was crowned with 6 courses of ironstone blocks tapering off to the edges. This capping was dome shaped and well constructed but was D-shaped in plan with its eastern side deliberately ending abruptly in a straight horizontal line c1.2m above the old land surface. The excavator tentatively suggested that this might have represented a shelter type of mortuary house facing away from the prevailing wind. In the capping a flint fabricator was found, and from the berm came part of an unfinished whetstone similar to those from Wessex male interments. The barrow was built over a Mesolithic working floor.
Very acid soil may have destroyed an inhumation burial laid on the old ground surface, but if so, no shadow remained. The barrow floor was undisturbed by any form of pit.
|National grid square||TQ|
|Bibliographic source||Corcoran 1963, Grinsell 1987b|
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