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|Site name||Dorchester-on-Thames, Site XI|
|Burial codes||5002 5005 5021 5024 5025 5028 5030 5031 5041 5047 5051 5053 5065 5075 5092 5094 5098 5104 5111 5124 5125 5143 5153 5181 5200|
|3500bc - 2500bc||A large oval ditched enclosure, allied to Dorchester I (Site 138). There were 2 refilled inner ditches enclosing a 14 pit ring with a gap at the north east, the pit fills being varied and consisting of dark soil, gravel and mixed gravel and soil, most appearing to have been back-filled. Animal bone was recovered from several of the pits, part of a shed antler was found in No 2, and cremated human bone was scattered through the fills of Nos 6 and 13. A whole cremation was found in a small pit adjacent to No 8. A 4th pit contained an Abingdon sherd. An outer oval ditch enclosed the whole, with Ebbsfleet/Peterborough pottery in its primary silt. The pit ring postdates the innermost ditch, as pits 11-14 intersect it.
Ditch III (the outermost) produced Peterborough sherds from its middle silting layer.
RC: from two antler picks in the fill of Ditch I (innermost) BM-2440 2370 +/- 90, BM-2442 2370 +/- 50
[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, Whittle, Atkinson, Chambers and Thomas 1992|
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