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|Site name||Dorchester-on-Thames, Site I|
|Burial codes||5005 5009 5021 5024 5025 5028 5030 5031 5043 5046 5048 5051 5065 5075 5084 5092 5101 5104 5107 5108 5111 5128 5129 5143 5153 5181|
|3500bc - 2500bc||A rectangular ditch enclosing an oval ditch with the long axis oriented NE, which in turn within an internal bank enclosed a concentric 13 oval pit ring. The pit sizes varied from 1.2m x 0.85m to 4.5m x 1.1m. Inside the entrance gap of the ring on the west side was a crouched adult male skeleton on its left side, facing into the ring, with no accompanying goods. Western Neolithic pottery (Abingdon ware) was associated with all features. 4 of the oval pits in the ring (8, 9, 11 and 13) had single cremations in or beside them, 2 of which were accompanied by fragmentary bone skewer pins. They had been set down after the filling in of the pit holes. They were of a middle aged adult, an adolescent c14-17, an adult and another adult. The pit fillings were fine, close grained dark soil, almost black in colour, with some mixed with patches of gravelly loam or gravel. There were 4-5 depressions or holes to the NW and W of the centre of the post hole ring.
The oval ditch was enlarged slightly at a later time, and contained Abingdon sherds in the primary and secondary fill, a grooved ware rim and a polished stone axe fragment (not precisely located). The 4 pit cremations may have belonged to this phase.
The square ditch's diagonal axis was aligned with that of the oval ring. It contained some Abingdon sherds in primary silting.
[Order suggested by Whittle et al 1992: Dorchester Site VIII, 1, III, XI, II, I, IV, V, VI, 2, 3, XIV, XII, XIII, 4, VII, IX].
|National grid square||SU|
|Bibliographic source||Atkinson 1951a, Atkinson, Piggott and Sanders 1951, Kinnes 1979|
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