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|Site name||Slonk Hill Settlement, Shoreham|
|Burial codes||2003 2009 2021 2023 2026 2028 2030 2035 2036 2042 2046 2051 2053 2065 2071 2084 2091 2098 2103 2111 2112 2121 2125 2127 2130 2143 2153 2168 2181|
|8/700bc-100bc||A settlement site of three IA phases, with in Mid Iron Age contexts two inhumation burials. In Square 2D an adult female was crouched in a grave 1.5m x 0.9m x 0.5m deep, on its left side, head to N, hands together in front of the pelvis and the feet one on top of the other and hence possibly bound, accompanied by a shale bracelet on the left forearm, and an involuted iron brooch of the 3rd-2nd Century BC by the shoulder. The body rested on the natural chalk, and was covered by a layer of quite loose small chalk fragments including a piece of probable quernstone and the right half of the sacrum of an ox. Compacted chalk covered this layer.
In Square XVIII C an adult male was flexed in an oval pit 2m x 1.5m x 0.84m deep maximum, on its left side and head to north, right hand in front of the face. Before the burial a large quantity of mussel shells had been thrown into the pit and formed a sloping surface, the head being laid at the highest point. A few sherds on the pit bottom were contemporary with those from layers above. Among the shells under the head was a sea urchin fossilised in flint. The pit fill above was domestic refuse.
The burials compare with those at Bishopstone (Site 110) of this period.
|National grid square||TQ|
|Bibliographic source||Norris, Burstow and Witten 1948-49, Hartridge 1978, Wilson 1981|
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