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North Kilworth Barrows

Round Barrow(s)


Details of burial on Pastscape

[Marginal] Portion of an ancient British urn of hour-glass form, found with some human bones, 3 ft. below the surface, on land at North Kilworth where gravel was being dug for railway purposes, in August 1865. The urn would probably be 7 in. high, with a diameter of 5 in., the exterior scored and lined in patterns In form, the sherd which was exhibited at the Annual Meeting of the Society in 1866, would closely resemble vessels figured in Wrights 'The Celt, the Roman, and the Saxon' (numbers 4 & 5, p.67) [which are examples of a beaker and an urn of B.A. type]. A similar vessel, discovered entire, in the winter of 1864-5, was destroyed by workmen employed in getting out gravel. [For barrow(s) said to be 'of the same period' see SP 68 SW 20.] (1)
[Area centred SP 62108413] A large, overgrown and disused, gravel-pit, between the road and the railway [indicated on ground] is known as 'The Ballast Hole' and the source from which the adjacent railway was constructed. (2)
Nothing of significance was seen in the area of the pit. The beaker, of 'A' type, reconstructed, is now displayed in Leicester Museum, Accn. No.215/1953. It was given by the British Museum, having been acquired from a London dealer in 1938(b). (3)
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16th February 2014ce

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