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Site name Davidstow Moor, Site XXVI (22)
Site number 204
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
Remains/Period Y4
County Cornwall
Region SW
National grid square SX
X coordinate 142
Y coordinate 867
Bibliographic source Christie 1988


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