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Site name Hazleton II, Hazleton North, Glo 54
Site number 22
Burial codes 5005 5007 5009 5021 5023 5025 5027 5030 5034 5036 5043 5047 5052 5053 5065 5075 5084 5093 5094 5097 5103 5108 5109 5110 5111 5121 5122 5125 5127 5129 5143 5152 5155 5159 5181 5200
3500bc - 2500bc Long cairn oriented W, built from limestone quarries dug for the purpose to north and south of the cairn. Cellular plan, with north and south L-shaped lateral chambers each turning at the angle to the east. Set on a pre-cairn occupation level - with hearth, midden, postholes and cultivated soil. Both chambers used for burials, probably all successive, in heaps of largely disarticulated bones but with some articulated vertebrae and long bones. In the south chamber 14 separate adults, 6-11 pre-adults and a foetus disposed in two groups, one in the chamber and passage, the other in the entrance. Evidence of absence of long bones, and skulls placed in groups against the edge of chambered areas. Chamber was partially paved, and had a corbelled roof; its lower infill comprised redeposited earth including human skeletal material, pottery, flints and animal bone. Seven skulls were sorted in a cluster; two beads, flakes and flint core.

The north chamber contained remains of 4 adults, 4-6 pre-adults and a foetus, and the north entrance an extended adult male inhumation, and remains of two more adults, 2 pre-adults, and cremated bone of at least one adult and pre-adult. Some evidence of bone groupings (head, hand and foot bones as in south chamber). Paved floor and a corbelled roof. The north entrance inhumation was accompanied by a flint core and circumstantially by a stone implement - a pebble hammerstone.

Two packing stones in the south chambered area showed evidence of in situ burning, but there was no associated burnt material.. The chambers' infill contained burnt stone and bone. Personal gravegoods were found (in no associations): a broken plain Abingdon cup, four bone beads, and a pebble grinder.

RC: Numerous dates ranging from OxA-912 3250 +/- 150 to OxA-383 2500 +/- 90
Remains/Period Y5
County Gloucestershire
Region SW
National grid square SP
X coordinate 73
Y coordinate 189
Bibliographic source Saville 1980a, 1981, 1982, 1983b/d, 1984b, 1990, Darvill and Grinsell 1989


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