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Site name Slonk Hill Settlement, Shoreham
Site number 858
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.
Remains/Period Y2
County Sussex
Region SE
National grid square TQ
X coordinate 220
Y coordinate 60
Bibliographic source Norris, Burstow and Witten 1948-49, Hartridge 1978, Wilson 1981


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