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Site name West Kennet Avenue, Avebury
Site number 401
Burial codes 4005 4009 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4042 4047 4051 4065 4074 4084 4093 4101 4104 4105 4110 4111 4128 4129 4143 4153 4181 4200
2500bc-14/1300bc Stone 22b: an ovoid grave by the stone hole at the north east side, with vertical sides and a flat bottom, containing a male skeleton on its back, head at the W end and turned to the right, legs drawn up, and accompanied by a carinated bowl of mixed Beaker and Rinyo-Clacton tradition. The top of the grave fill was the same as the stone hole's, but the skeleton was covered by chalk rubble.

Stone 25b: immediately to the east of the stone's position, on the bottom of the stone hole were the remains of a possibly contracted skeleton. In the stone burial pit was other disturbed human skeletal material of two individuals and Beaker sherds of Clarke 1/2 type from a probably adjacent burial. The first burial was made at the erection of the stone, and the head covered with heavy sarsen blocks. The remains were of one adult, one adolescent and one other.

Stone 29a: a shallow oblong trough containing a few fragmentary bones of an adult male and sherds of a cord decorated Beaker of Clarke 1/2 type. It had been disturbed by the burial of the stone.

Stone 5b: in the stone hole was the fragment of a pelvic bone and the heads of two different femora. No grave was evident.

RC: from the occupation area in the Avenue - antler from pit 1 HAR-10501 2330 +/-100, charcoal from hole 4 HAR-9695 2310 +/-80, charcoal from hole 1 HAR-9694 3830 +/-80
Remains/Period Y4
County Wiltshire
Region S
National grid square SU
X coordinate 107
Y coordinate 692
Bibliographic source Smith 1965b, Pitts and Whittle 1992


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