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Site name Winterborne Kingston 14, West Down
Site number 776
Burial codes 3005 3009 3021 3023 3025 3028 3030 3035 3041 3048 3051 3052 3053 3065 3075 3083 3093 3098 3104 3108 3111 3128 3129 3141 3152 3153 3160 3161 3181 3200
14/1300bc-8/700bc A bell barrow set on stripped topsoil on which a preliminary fire had been lit. There was a central cremation platform with a central hollow beneath a four post structure forming the cremation pyre. The cremated bone and ash (NPL-237) of an adult fell into the hollow and the central portion of the remains had been scooped out, possibly for burial elsewhere. The remnant was covered with a flint slab after earth had been tipped into the space left by the scooped out material. Four distinct layers completed the final construction of the mound.

Two secondary cremations were dug into the inside edge of the ring ditch in the south west sector. One was of a (?)young person in a bulbous bucket urn, upright in a pit cut into gravel bedrock, and containing inside and between its outside and the pit side fragments of an accessory vessel. The second was placed nearby in a shallow pit and only the urn base remained with some cremated bone scraps adhering. The RC date is late for Wessex culture in conventional schemes.

RC: from the cremation pyre stake charcoal NPL-237 1020 +/- 95
Remains/Period Y3
County Dorset
Region S
National grid square SY
X coordinate 840
Y coordinate 943
Bibliographic source White 1969d, 1973


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