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Site name Amesbury 58
Site number 416
Burial codes 4001 4005 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4036 4041 4046 4051 4065 4075 4084 4091 4098 4104 4111 4123 4130 4143 4152 4153 4181 4200
2500bc-14/1300bc A bell barrow capped by chalk rubble covering a loam core over a central loam, flint nodule and chalk rubble covering on the original turf line. A central grave pit 1.3m x 0.8m x 0.7m deep was loosely infilled with chalk rubble and soil. There was layer of grey wood ash on the flat bottom and on that a cremation heaped in a rectangular pile, the larger bones at the top. At the margin was a bronze dagger with horn hilt-plates but no pommel. There were traces of a sheath. Both had been wrapped in moss and a cloth. Close by was a large segment of iron pyrites nodule.

The loam core contained charcoal, burnt patches, weathered flints, weathered sherds, worn bone fragments and flint flakes. A surrounding ditch, with some coarse sherds in the ploughsoil. Sherds found in the loam core were of Beaker and Grooved ware.

RC: HAR-6226 1360 +/- 80
Remains/Period Y4
County Wiltshire
Region S
National grid square SU
X coordinate 173
Y coordinate 423
Bibliographic source Grinsell 1957a, Ashbee 1984b


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