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Blagdon Hill

Round Barrow(s)


Details of Barrows on Pastscape - Monument No. 213346

Bowl barrows; 'A' surrounded by visible ditch, hollow in centre. ('A' dia 20 paces, height 4 ft 'B' dia 20 paces, height 6 ft)
A. Diameter 19.0 m; height 1.5 m. Excavated at the top. Surrounding ditch approximately 2.0 m wide and 0.3 m deep.
B. Diameter 18.0 m; height 1.9 m. There appears to be a surrounding ditch 1.5 m wide and 0.5 m deep.
Both these bowl barrows have been excavated. The ditch measurements are approximate in each case since the ground was under snow at the time of investigation.
Tumuli (OE) SU 05541810 & 05561811.
Martin 26 and 27 are contiguous ditched bowl barrows contained in the north-west angle between Bokerley Dyke and linear [SU 01 NE 34] near the shoulder of Blagdon Hill. Both have been excavated, almost certainly by Sir Richard Colt Hoare in 1805 and seemingly again by W Chaffers in 1842. if this interpretation is correct, both contained cremations in large 'sepulchral urns', one. probably (26), being covered by an 'immense heap of flints' and the other said still to retain a covering of 'linen cloth'. Chaffers also found a 'sepulchral urn' in a chalk-cut cist, under each. These, as illustrated, are Deverel-Rimbury.
Chance Posted by Chance
5th June 2014ce

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