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Site name Galley Hill, Streatley
Site number 915
Burial codes 4005 4009 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4035 4043 4047 4051 4053 4065 4075 4081 4092 4098 4102 4104 4105 4106 4107 4108 4111 4121 4128 4141 4153 4157 4160 4161 4167 4181
2500bc-14/1300bc A ring ditch containing a cremation in a Early Bronze Age inverted collared urn immediately north of the centre. This primary burial contained a faience quoit shaped bead and was enclosed by a structure with evidence of a beam slot and small post hole on either side of the pit. Surrounding this burial were a series of four inhumations in graves varying in size between 1.2m x 0.6m and 1.5m x 0.9m of three adult females (c35 or more, c30 or more, and c17-25) and an adolescent c15-17. One of the adults had been buried in a wooden coffin, the outline of which survived as a soil mark. There were no associated grave goods, but pottery and flint material in the grave fill was of Early Bronze Age date.

South east of the centre of the ring ditch four post holes formed a structure that was provisionally interpreted as a mortuary structure. Human cremations were also found in four small circular pits (F11, 16, 18 and 30) north and south of the centre, close to this structure. One layer of the ditch fill contained a charcoal deposit, and could have been related to cremation activity. The ditch fills produced flintwork and Early Bronze Age sherds. A Late Bronze Age bronze pin was found in plough disturbed subsoil.
Remains/Period Y4
County Bedfordshire
Region SE
National grid square TL
X coordinate 100
Y coordinate 269
Bibliographic source Thorpe 1988, Clark 1991a


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