Attitudes to Disposal of the Dead - Gazetteer Query Form

Background to the Gazetteer | Table of Contents


Site name Barton Ring Ditches
Site number 914
Burial codes 4005 4009 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4031 4043 4045 4048 4051 4065 4075 4082 4092 4098 4104 4111 4128 4143 4153 4161 4181
2500bc-14/1300bc Ring ditch 2 was a small near-circular enclosure of diameter c10m which cut through the SW end of rectangular ring ditch 1. It contained the partial remains of a cremation mixed with loam in a biconical urn on its side in a loam-filled pit 0.6m x 0.48m x 13cm deep oriented EW. The urn was of the Early Bronze Age, and the cremation was of a probable adult, the bone being well-burnt.

Ring ditch 1 had human skeletal material associated with it (cranial and other bone was found in the upper ditch fill) but this appeared to have been disturbed from its original place of deposition. This ring ditch had two entrances or breaks at the N and the NW, and was of at least two phases. It may have had an external mound. Ring ditch 3 c22m to the west of the others produced no interments.

The ditches in plan, disposition and contents bore resemblances to Barton Hill Farm Sites 1 and 2 (Sites 125 and 126).
Remains/Period Y4
County Bedfordshire
Region SE
National grid square TL
X coordinate 76
Y coordinate 294
Bibliographic source Clark 1990a, 1991a


© Internet Archaeology/Author(s)
Last updated: Tues Aug 10 2004