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Site name Down Farm Pond Barrow, Ogmore Down
Site number 1588
Burial codes 4005 4007 4009 4022 4023 4025 4028 4030 4032 4043 4046 4048 4051 4053 4065 4075 4084 4092 4094 4098 4104 4109 4110 4111 4128 4143 4153 4161 4173 4181
2500bc-14/1300bc A pond barrow c100m south of a Middle Bronze Age settlement. The surrounding bank had been ploughed away, but eight cremations in collared urns and five infant burials (two with food vessels) were recovered from where it had been. The barrow was c40m from the Cursus which provided an axis for the monument. On the eastern edge of the barrow where the main cemetery cluster was located, there was a row of posts parallel with the Cursus. This alignment led to the centre of the barrow where 4 post holes were found in one of which was a small broken incomplete food vessel.

There was a deliberate arrangement of animal burials: 2 sheep were buried diagonally opposite one another on the very rim of the pond 'hollow' within the bank, and two oxen were set diagonally opposite one another on opposite sides of the bank exterior. The lines joining the animal pairs crossed at the barrow centre, but were not at right angles.

On the northern side the barrow had cut a group of Beaker pits.
Remains/Period Y4
County Dorset
Region S
National grid square ST
X coordinate 971
Y coordinate 129
Bibliographic source Green 1982, 1994


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