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Site name Tickenham 1, Court Hill
Site number 271
Burial codes 4001 4005 4022 4024 4025 4028 4030 4035 4042 4051 4065 4075 4084 4098 4101 4106 4112 4128 4143 4153 4182 4200 2001 2005 2022 2024 2025 2028 2030 2035 2041 2048 2051 2065 2075 2084 2098 2104 2108 2113 2128 2143 2154 2181 2200
2500bc-14/1300bc A round cairn built in two phases, turf first being stripped before it was made. Phase 1 was a cairn composed of large blocks of conglomerate, and large and small blocks of quarried and casual limestone. A ring of blocks lay at the margin and at a slope. Phase 2 was a drystone wall of two courses mostly 0.75m from the inner wall. Stones filled the space between the walls, and there was a possible north entrance. [Phases 1 and 2 could be reversed]. The primary burial was the inhumation of a male c20-30, tightly crouched and laid in a roughly boat-shaped pit dug 0.4m into the subsoil. The body lay over a clearly defined rectangular area of dark soil, possibly a rug? There was some evidence for a violent death, as the left humerus was chopped in two just above the elbow at or just after death, and he could have died through loss of blood.

This skeleton was damaged and incomplete partly because of an intrusive secondary cremation of a teenage child of Iron Age date.

There were flints on the cairn and around the south east quarter of the cairn.

RC: from the inhumation in the cairn I-5735 1375 +/- 100
14/1300bc-8/700bc A Late Bronze Age or very Early Iron Age bronze chisel was found at the base of the turf on the cairn top in the north east quadrant.
8/700bc-100bc There were Iron Age sherds in the cairn. The cremation of a teenage child was scattered through the fill of the central pit, some fragments only 15cm from the present cairn surface, and three below stones of the (?) secondary stone edging which lay on a thin layer of earth.

RC: from the cremation I-5734 715 +/- 135
Remains/Period Y4 N3 Y2
County Somerset
Region SW
National grid square ST
X coordinate 437
Y coordinate 722
Bibliographic source Fowler 1969b, Grinsell 1971, Green 1973, Whimster 1981, Bruck 1995


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