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Dartmoor tomb treasure hoard uncovered by archaeologists

Still in the news, though we have missed the tv show last night ;(

Archaeologists from around the UK have been examining a hoard of treasures unearthed in a 4,000-year-old tomb on Dartmoor.

Prehistoric jewellery, animal pelts and beads made of amber were among the finds about two years ago in the burial chamber.

The chamber, known as a cist, was found on Whitehorse Hill, near Chagford.

Dartmoor National Park archaeologists have called it the most important ancient find on the moor.

When they levered off the chamber's lid they discovered an intact burial of cremated remains.

Coiled bag
The coiled bag has been specially cleaned
It was wrapped in an animal pelt, containing a delicate bracelet studded with tin beads, a textile fragment with detailed leather fringing and a unique coiled bag.

Jane Marchand, Dartmoor National Park's chief archaeologist, said: "Visibly it's not as impressive as Stonehenge, but archaeologically it's just as important.

"It was incredibly exciting to lift the lid and a bead fell out."

At the Wiltshire Conservation Lab, the team had the delicate task of trying to reveal the secrets of the coiled bag containing rare beads.

Just eight beads have been found on Dartmoor in the last 100 years.

"We're awaiting DNA results on the pelt so we can identify what animal it might have come from.

"Amazing doesn't really do them justice. It's the most extraordinary assortment of finds with tin beads and wooden ear studs."

Archaeologists say the discovery also points to the earliest evidence of tin found in the South West.

Mystery of the Moor, a BBC Inside Out South West programme, is on BBC One on Friday at 19.30 GMT.
moss Posted by moss
8th February 2014ce
Edited 8th February 2014ce

Comments (4)

The BBC Inside Out South West programme, Mystery of the Moor, about the discovery is available on iPlayer:

baza Posted by baza
8th February 2014ce
Fabulous! Thank you for that, experimental archaeology 'rocks'.... moss Posted by moss
8th February 2014ce
very enjoyable prog ,although a pity that there was no mention of the discoverer of the cist , Joe Turner . tiompan Posted by tiompan
11th February 2014ce
A bit of delving shows that he wrote a 'report' in the Devon archaeology magazine. He was out doing fieldwork when he discovered it, so must be an archaeologist? The monument was only scheduled in 2003, just added a link for that...

p.s.It is a monument at high risk according to EH because of the eroding peat.
moss Posted by moss
12th February 2014ce
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