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|Site name||Davidstow Moor, Site XXVI (22)|
|Burial codes||4005 4007 4009 4021 4024 4025 4027 4030 4033 4043 4048 4051 4065 4075 4084 4091 4098 4104 4111 4128 4141 4152 4153 4156 4167 4181 4200|
|2500bc-14/1300bc||A round barrow of three possible phases. Phase I was Late Neolithic, a charcoal filled pit (F6), dated by grooved ware pottery and radiocarbon HAR-6643, and probably a large post hole.
Phase II was Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age, comprising a central pit (Pit 2) in a circle of stone sockets. The pit appeared to have been a stone lined cist containing (?) burnt bones. A holed stone in the pit links to holed stones placed around central area. Possibly the phase represented a ritual area enclosed by a freestanding stone or timber circle, with access to the south west. The cairn ring was built towards the end of the phase. Between 33-40 holed and notched stones were found on the barrow floor and in and on the cairn ring, possibly roof weights.
Phase III was of the Early Bronze Age comprising a late Beaker (?) burial in F1, possibly the cairn ring, the ditch and the mound over all. The final form was the platform cairn, but ditched.
The Phase I burial rite was uncertain. Phase II's association with holed or notched stones suggests burials within a house-like structure using thatch roof weights. Phase III remodelled and closed the monument - removing the wood or stone circle and enclosing the now mounded structure with a ditch. A 'face stone' was found, a piece of slate carved with a face.
The site contained numerous artificial pits and hollows.
RC: from charcoal in primary pit HAR-6643 2180 +/- 70
|National grid square||SX|
|Bibliographic source||Christie 1988|
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