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Site name Flagstones House, Dorchester
Site number 688
Burial codes 4005 4009 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4037 4043 4047 4051 4065 4075 4084 4093 4098 4104 4109 4110 4111 4123 4128 4143 4153 4171 4181 4200
2500bc-14/1300bc A causewayed enclosure with low inner and outer banks, c100m in diameter with an inner ring ditch concentrically placed c15m in diameter, and a central burial pit, all of close contemporaneity. At the base of the central pit sealed by a large sarsen boulder was a crouched adult inhumation with a large copper alloy rivet (probably for a dagger haft) and tranchet arrow head in the pit infill above.

There were two burials sealed with large stones in two of the outer ditch segments, each of an infant, and each sealed at the base of the ditch below the chalk infill. One was a cremation below a 1m long sarsen, and one an inhumation below a flat limestone slab. A third cremation below a sarsen probably on the outer ditch line was recorded in 1891. Two additional infant burials were found in the primary chalk collapse in the north and south west segments. Some partial back filling of the causewayed segments took place immediately after excavation.

In a small penannular enclosure just inside the south south west boundary of the causewayed ditch there were three shallow cremation pits. There were four chalk engravings on the sides of the segmented ditches of the outer enclosure, where there were near vertical joints in the upper chalk. Peterborough ware was found in the lower silts of the causewayed ditches, and Early Bronze Age fabrics from the top levels of the central barrow ditch.

RC: from antler pick in the causewayed ditch HAR-8578 2080 +/-100, ditto OxA-2322 2500 +/- 90, human bone from burial HAR-9158 2540 +/-70, ditto OxA-2321 2260 +/-110, central ring ditch burial HAR-9159 1610 +/-70
Remains/Period Y4
County Dorset
Region S
National grid square SY
X coordinate 704
Y coordinate 899
Bibliographic source Woodward and Smith 1987, Woodward 1988, Bellamy 1991


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