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Site name Harrold Pit C, Odell
Site number 1411
Burial codes 1005 1009 1021 1023 1026 1028 1030 1035 1043 1047 1051 1053 1065 1075 1083 1084 1091 1098 1104 1111 1121 1125 1129 1143 1153 1161 1162 1181
100bc-AD43 Two small cremation cemeteries were discovered outside the homestead of the early farm, dating to 25-50AD.

One cemetery covered some 57 m2 and contained six urned cremations shallowly buried upright in small circular pits. Three of these showed a deliberate placing of skull fragments either to one side of or directly beneath the containing vessel, whilst a small grave nearby contained an isolated human skull.

The other cemetery was a narrow plot 10m x 5m, and comprised 5 larger pits, each containing the cremated remains of at least one individual scattered over the bottom, with associated food remains (pig bones) and whole pots (28 pots were deposited in all). Some of the pots contained further cremated bone. The cremations had originally been deposited fairly centrally in the pits, and were probably contained in bags or pouches, as unburnt bronze brooches were found with the cremated material.
Remains/Period Y1
County Bedfordshire
Region SE
National grid square SP
X coordinate 956
Y coordinate 658
Bibliographic source Dix 1976, 1980


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