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Site name Barrow Hills Field 2, Radley
Site number 983
Burial codes 4001 4005 4021 4023 4025 4028 4030 4033 4041 4046 4051 4053 4065 4075 4084 4091 4196 4101 4105 4121 4123 4143 4152 4153 4158 4161 4181
2500bc-14/1300bc A bell barrow with a central reddish soil mound and a berm. In the centre was a narrow subrectangular grave c1.4m x 0.6m x 0.3m deep filled with dirty gravel, and containing at the SW end a compact heap of cremated bones free of ash placed on a probable wooden platter or tray, the bones deposited in a bag fastened by a thin bronze awl. At the other end of the grave was a slightly larger heap of wood ash and burnt soil, partly overlying the bones, and carefully rounded into a smooth dome. Together the heaps made an oval mound of smooth outline.

The bones were of large size, and belonged to a young adult, probably male. Among them were two objects of decorated gold foil, probably mounts for biconical amber, shale or wood buttons or beads. They were crushed and stained by fire. The upper and lower margins were decorated with three parallel lines of minute depressions.
Remains/Period Y4
County Berkshire
Region SE
National grid square SU
X coordinate 517
Y coordinate 984
Bibliographic source Leeds and Atkinson 1944, Atkinson 1953


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