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Site name Dorchester-on-Thames, Site XI
Site number 141
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].
Remains/Period Y5
County Oxfordshire
Region SE
National grid square SU
X coordinate 571
Y coordinate 956
Bibliographic source Atkinson 1951a, Atkinson, Piggott and Sanders 1951, Kinnes 1979, Whittle, Atkinson, Chambers and Thomas 1992


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