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Scrubbity Barrows

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Details of barrow on Pastscape

A bowl barrow in Scrubbity Coppice, one of a group excavated by Pitt Rivers in 1882-3. Pitt Rivers' barrow ix (RCHME's Sixpenny Handley 43, Grinsell's Handley 1), it was excavated between December 15th and 31st 1882. Prior to excavation, it was visible as a mound 52 feet in diameter and 4.5 feet maximum height. Excavation showed it to be surrounded by a ditch 5 feet wide at the top. At the centre was a wooden boat-shaped coffin, cut from a single trunk. Circa 4 feet 2 inches by 1 foot 9 inches, it was orientated northwest-southeast and contained a sigle cremation deposit. Pitt Rivers stated that the coffin rested in a pit ("hole") circa 1 foot deep dug into the chalk below the mound. However, the published section appears to show the coffin placed in the top of a small primary mound of chalk rubble and earth. Other finds from the barrow mound included a flint knife, a flint axehead, 595 flint flakes and some potsherds. [NB this record formerly contained details of all barrows in the Scrubbity Coppice. These have now been recorded separately - see associated monument records]

(Centred ST 972178) Scrubbity Barrows (NR). Scrubbity Barrows; a group of round barrows all excavated, but most partially, by General Pitt-Rivers. Pitt-Rivers reconstituted the barrows which he dug. Details are as follows:-
(A) ST 97251788. Bowl barrow 52ft in diameter by 4ft high (Pitt-Rivers ix). It contained a primary crouched cremation in a boat-shaped tree-trunk coffin. A flint knife and axe and hundreds of flint flakes were found in the mound.

(B) ST 97231790. See ST 91 NE 93.
(C) ST 97221787. See ST 91 NE 94.
(D) ST 97211788. See ST 91 NE 95.
(E) ST 97211789. See ST 91 NE 96.
(F) ST 97251787. See ST 91 NE 97.
(G) ST 97171790. See ST 91 NE 98.
(H) ST 97171789. See ST 91 NE 99.
(J) ST 97201786. See ST 91 NE 100. (2-3)
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1st June 2014ce

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