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Site name Jordan Hill, Weymouth
Site number 153
Burial codes 1002 1005 1022 1023 1025 1028 1030 1035 1042 1046 1051 1065 1075 1084 1098 1103 1110 1121 1122 1123 1129 1143 1153 1156 1181
100bc-AD43 A major cemetery area c270m north and north east of the Romano-Celtic temple had been principally used during the later 1st and early 2nd Centuries AD, but had possible pre-Conquest origins. Over 80 individual inhumations of adults and children were found, most crouched or contracted in earth graves without any uniform pattern of orientation, but a small number buried in cists. There appear to have been family burial plots in some places, as low stone walls defined groups. There appears to have been a general custom of supplying grave goods (up to 125 pottery vessels were found, 80 surviving), but some graves were more richly furnished than others.

The associated objects included: 80 vessels included a majority of Durotrigian vessels (20 Class 1 bowls, 7 Class 2 bowls, 4 Class 4 bowls, 5 Class 7 jars, 3 Class 8 tankards and one Class 9 lid), Samian and imitation Samian wares, Gallo-Belgic terra nigra and terra rubra platters and bowl, and 2 lead-glazed beakers. One exceptional group comprised 9 vessels and an engraved shale plaque.

Other objects certainly or possibly associated with burials were: a bronze armlet, bronze finger rings, 3 bronze brooches, iron arrow heads, an iron sword, iron styli, bone weaving combs, sling stones, shale and chalk beads, a bone spearhead, an iron knife, iron nails, an iron spear ferrule, a shale armlet, a shale table leg, a single Durotrigian silver coin, 3 3rd-4th Century coins, a fragments of Romano-British pottery. Other material less securely attributed includes 4 further shale plaques, iron swan-necked and ring-headed pins, La Tene I and III Romano-British brooches and a Roman bronze mirror handle.
Remains/Period Y1
County Dorset
Region S
National grid square SY
X coordinate 699
Y coordinate 823
Bibliographic source Warne 1872, Fox C F 1952a/b, Brailsford 1958, RCHM 1970, Whimster 1981


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