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Site name Riley's Tumulus, Merthyr Mawr
Site number 378
Burial codes 4005 4009 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4041 4046 4051 4053 4065 4071 4073 4084 4093 4094 4098 4101 4104 4107 4108 4110 4111 4124 4128 4129 4143 4152 4156 4181
2500bc-14/1300bc A mound of sand covered with a stone capping. Two stone cists each contained skeletons: in a roughly circular cist at the centre set on the original ground surface, was a male, on the left side, crouched, head to N. In a smaller cist to the east constructed in the form of an elongated hexagon were 2 children c6 or less, facing each other, heads to the N, and interred separately.

Three further skeletons were buried in the sand of the tumulus, each with an associated A Beaker of the Late Southern British type. One was a male on the right side, head to NNW, with a Beaker and a piece of flint; the second was also male, on its back with legs to the right and head to S with a small Beaker (Abercromby A2), with its head resting on a stone and with a stone to each side. The third skeleton was of a male c50 on its back, legs to right, and head to N, with a Beaker at its feet: there had been considerable scattering of charcoal over the body. The Beaker burials were 'several feet above the old natural surface' (Ward) and were probably secondary.
Remains/Period Y4
County Mid Glamorgan
Region SW
National grid square SS
X coordinate 851
Y coordinate 771
Bibliographic source Hepburn 1905, Evanson 1908a, Ward 1919a, Williams 1939b, Savory 1956


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