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Site name Burrington 1, Blackdown (N)
Site number 289
Burial codes 4005 4009 4022 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4036 4043 4048 4051 4053 4065 4075 4084 4093 4104 4111 4129 4152 4156 4160 4161 4181 3002 3005 3022 3023 3025 3028 3030 3034 3036 3041 3048 3051 3053 3065 3075 3084 3092 3097 3104 3111 3124 3129 3143 3153 3161 3173 3181
2500bc-14/1300bc A round barrow (a central mound surrounded by a circular mound) with inner and outer cairn rings. The original ground level at the barrow centre contained a hearth 3.6m in diameter, with in it charcoal and calcined human bones. A sandstone cist 0.65m x 1.1m was at the north edge of the hearth. There was an inferred primary inhumation in the cist associated with a barbed wire type Beaker (Abercromby Bi I), and 2 flint implements and a flint knife.

The inner mound was of three layers. The uppermost was of red sandstone blocks and black humus; the middle was as the upper but with red soil; the lower was of black and grey soil and stones. This layer contained fragments of coarse pottery, charcoal , flints and calcined human bone. 1.2m south of the centre were pottery concentrations in the upper and middle layers.

There were secondary interments, one with a food vessel 0.3m above the hearth, one a cremation with a Primary Series collared urn.
14/1300bc-8/700bc On the west and south west margin of the barrow was a cremation cemetery, including some 70 or so pits, some containing potsherds, one with a large piece of barrel urn. On top of one cremation was the remains of a Class I tanged bronze razor, probably distorted from the pyre.
Remains/Period Y4 Y3
County Somerset
Region SW
National grid square ST
X coordinate 474
Y coordinate 585
Bibliographic source Read 1923, Tratman 1925b, Grinsell 1971


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