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|Site name||Mount Pleasant, Newton Down, Stormy Down, Pyle|
|Burial codes||4002 4005 4007 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4041 4047 4051 4065 4075 4081 4084 4093 4098 4104 4111 4128 4153 4154 4156 4161 4181|
|2500bc-14/1300bc||A round cairn with a quarry ditch (an irregular and possibly not a planned feature), and a stone ring wall 2.4m across and 9.1m in diameter. The filling of the mound core was earth. There was a (?) primary burial of an incomplete overhanging rim urn and cremation on the south edge of the cairn, inverted and set into a hollow cut into clay, resting on a dark earth layer over limestone subsoil. Over it a few limestone blocks rested, with more earth among them than stones to the east, and so this deposit was thought to be later than the ring.
The secondary burial was under an oval setting of cream limestone blocks c1m x 0.75m oriented NW/SE at the centre of the mound. It was in an oval pit cut into the Neolithic occupation layer. A small sandstone flag covered the mouth of the pit which was blocked with small sandstone flags under charcoal lumps in dark earth filling. Against the west side of the pit were incomplete and disjointed fragments of a small cinerary urn warped by heat. Charcoal and ash and a few bone fragments were found. The urn was of devolved overhanging rim type with Deverel-Rimbury influence.
The cairn site chosen was on that of a dry stone walled rectangular house with probable pitched roof and a wooden outer section, which produced Neolithic A and B sherds, charcoal but no bones.
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|Bibliographic source||Savory 1952, 1954a|
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