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"A 5,000-YEAR-OLD "excarnation platform", where the bodies of prehistoric humans were left to rot and be picked clean by predators, has been found in the Peak District."

In 1996 as the Long Rake quarrying on Longstone Moor was getting ever larger English Heritage were called in to excavate 2 barrows which, within weeks, were about to take a 150ft tumble onto the quarry floor below.

One of the barrows covered over an excarnation platform, only the 2nd to be identified in Britain. It was composed of a one to two feet high limestone semi-circular rubble wall which then enclosed a platform. An entrance with three standing stones was later closed using rubble and a Bronze Age burial placed within the platform itself.

Sad thing is nowt remains. The quarry got bigger and the thing disappeared.
stubob Posted by stubob
10th March 2008ce
Edited 14th March 2008ce

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