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Site name Long Crichel 7
Site number 717
Burial codes 4005 4009 4022 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4036 4043 4044 4047 4051 4052 4053 4065 4072 4073 4075 4081 4084 4085 4098 4103 4104 4105 4106 4107 4108 4110 4111 4124 4126 4128 4129 4143 4152 4153 4161 4168 4170 4171 4181 3002 3005 3022 3023 3025 3028 3030 3035 3041 3048 3051 3065 3075 3084 3091 3098 3101 3104 3105 3108 3111 3128 3143 3152 3153 3161 3181
2500bc-14/1300bc A bowl barrow of five phases, Phase I being an inhumation burial of a female c28 on the floor of a pit cut as an extension of a larger oval pit. The body was tightly contracted, on its right side, head to ENE, and had been bound by leather or rawhide thongs. With these bones were damaged bones of a complete skeleton of a male c36, possibly deposited as a bundle. On top of this burial was that of a child c4 tightly contracted, on its left side, head to ENE, with a thin wooden stick c0.6m long. The lower pit was filled with fine chalk rubble covered with large flints. The upper pit was filled with compacted chalk rubble. A turf and soil mound covered the grave and chalk from the surrounding ditch formed a crust. This mound contained many small Bell Beaker sherds. These burials may have been deposited virtually as bundles of bones, as apart from the partial adult inhumation, the adult female evidenced some degree of disarticulation.

Phase II saw the mound top flattened and a pit dug through to the primary inhumation. In it was the contracted burial of an adult on its right side, head to SSE, accompanied by a flint blade, a small eyed bone pin, and a long curved wooden object. Two lines of large flints enclosed the body, and the pit upcast was used to refill the grave. The mound was extended and a new ditch dug outside the old. This burial also seems to have been of a body in an advanced state of decomposition (the position of the foot and scapula suggested this). A sherd of cordon decorated urn was firmly stratified at the foot of the infill.

Phase III comprised a collared urn cremation burial of a young adult female in a small pit filled with compacted flints and dug into the mound top. Also at the south west edge of the mound was an inverted collared urn cremation burial of a male c22-35, surrounded by fragments of two other such urns, and with flint and loam infill. The cremation comprised clean calcined bone covered by fine black ash, and sealed into the urn by a cement like plug of fine chalk rubble.
14/1300bc-8/700bc Phase IV was a series of cremation burials set in the top of the mound sometimes in pits, sometimes in urns (six burials and an ash deposit). The cremations were of a child, an adolescent in a pit, and a young adult male with osteoarthritis. The urns were of biconical, bucket and barrel type (Deverel-Rimbury). One urn had the neck of another set over it as a ring. [Phase V was Anglo-Saxon].
Remains/Period Y4 Y3
County Dorset
Region S
National grid square ST
X coordinate 960
Y coordinate 116
Bibliographic source Grinsell 1959, Green, Lynch and White 1982


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