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Site name Stannon Downs, St Breward, Cairn 3
Site number 230
Burial codes 4002 4005 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4041 4048 4051 4065 4075 4081 4091 4098 4101 4104 4111 4112 4121 4128 4143 4153 4154 4161 4181
2500bc-14/1300bc A cairn of granite stone, with at its centre a pit covered by a capstone surrounded by 2 concentric rings. Over the capstone stones were placed working out to the inner ring. The stone rings were of large stones up to four courses high, but one stone wide. Loose stones filled the space between the rings. To the north west of the cairn a close set paving of stones was laid on the old land surface up against the outer ring stones.

The central pit was roughly circular, and contained an inverted Trevisker I biconical urn, covered with subsoil, and with a crack repaired. The urn contained two cremations separated by a layer of soft brown clean soil. There was evidence for root intrusion in the lower fill. The earlier cremation was probably of an adult, the later layer of two adults, one male. This deposit also contained a ring headed bone pin in fragments, slightly burnt, believed to date to the Wessex I/II transition.

The cairn was attached to a stone walled enclosure which had its own entrance, and a further wall going off at a tangent - all integrated, and apparently of one project.
Remains/Period Y4
County Cornwall
Region SW
National grid square SX
X coordinate 134
Y coordinate 809
Bibliographic source Harris, Hooper and Trudgian 1984


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