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Site name Saint-y-Nyll, St Brides-super-Ely
Site number 394
Burial codes 4002 4005 4007 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4036 4041 4046 4051 4053 4065 4075 4084 4091 4098 4102 4108 4110 4111 4128 4141 4152 4153 4154 4181
2500bc-14/1300bc A stone capped earthen barrow, whose initial earthen layer comprised dark brown earth with much charcoal and many fragmentary animal bones (sheep, ox, wild boar and brown bear), worked flint, chert fragments and potsherds. Some of the charcoal was formed of sections of actual branches or beams concentrated in a small area south of the underlying burial and near the top of the layer. The upper earthen layer was lighter, with scattered stones, only occasional animal bones, charcoal flecks and hardly any sherds or artefacts. The burial deposit of burnt human bones lay at the centre of the cairn in a small shallow pit with a rounded bottom cut through the clay subsoil and only slightly into the underlying rock. The remains were of an adult female and child c1-2, without grave goods. A sandstone slab covered the burial, and on top of the slab was a little heap of stones bonded with earth through whose centre ran a vertical pipe of dark earth, charcoal, burnt bone, and small blackened stones.

The surrounding ditch was steep sided and flat bottomed, and may have been measured radially from the pipe which perhaps had held a post. The central part of the mound covered three systems of post holes representing oval huts, with an occupation layer of animal bones, flints and pottery (the initial earthen layer above). The frame of Hut A was withdrawn it seems to allow the burial to take place. The barrow was raised on a domestic site for some reason (burial of persons in their living space?).
Remains/Period Y4
County South Glamorgan
Region SW
National grid square ST
X coordinate 101
Y coordinate 783
Bibliographic source Savory 1959


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