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Site name Holdenhurst
Site number 69
Burial codes 5002 5005 5021 5023 5025 5028 5030 5031 5036 5042 5048 5051 5053 5065 5075 5084 5091 5098 5104 5111 5128 5143 5151 5152 5181
3500bc - 2500bc Long barrow oriented NNW. Small primary oval mound oriented SE/NW made of sand with turf and charcoal, covering pink and gray traces (of bone?) in stained floor, possibly a mortuary area. A pit contained calcined flints. There were two charcoal patches. Soil acidity destroyed any bone.

The secondary mound was rectangular, with a core of conical loam dumps covered by sand and capped by gravel and turf bonded to a vertical revetment of peat and turf sods, reinforced by brushwood panels. There was a ditch of U-shape opening NNW, in which were found primary plain bowl sherds and flintwork especially at the NNW terminal. In the secondary ditch silts was a succession of Mortlake and Beaker sherds and flintwork, especially at the NNW terminal.
Remains/Period Y5
County Dorset
Region S
National grid square SZ
X coordinate 120
Y coordinate 946
Bibliographic source Piggott 1937, Kinnes 1992


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