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Site name Marden, Beechingstoke
Site number 407
Burial codes 4001 4005 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4031 4032 4042 4046 4051 4065 4075 4084 4092 4098 4102 4105 4112 4127 4128 4143 4151 4181 4200
2500bc-14/1300bc A large irregular discontinuous henge enclosure, partially enclosed by a bank and internal ditch with the river Avon forming an open south east side. There were two entrances, in the north and east sectors. Two large barrows were in the interior, and a pit circle was opposite the north entrance. 34 sherds of Windmill Hill pottery were from the pre-enclosure phase, and 602 grooved ware sherds were also found, the bulk from the primary silts of the enclosure ditch. A female adult skeleton c17-24 was found in the west ditch terminal, on its left side, without grave goods, crouched. Stratigraphically it was thought Late Neolithic, a late deposition as the ditch was dug. It was at the junction of Layer 16 (typically charcoal, animal bones, antler picks, sherds and flints above the primary ditch silts) and Layer 15, a soft grey of brown clay gley, mostly sterile of finds.

RC: from the pre-bank turf BM-560 2654 +/- 59; from the base of the enclosure ditch BM-558 1576 +/- 99, BM-557 1988 +/- 48, BM-559 1676 +/- 81
Remains/Period Y4
County Wiltshire
Region S
National grid square SU
X coordinate 91
Y coordinate 584
Bibliographic source Wainwright 1971a, Harding and Lee 1987


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