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Experimental Earthwork

Artificial Mound


This is the experimental 'barrow' set up by P A Jewell in 1960 - to look at how 'real' barrows would have changed over time. Part of the original study was to actually build the 'barrow' with ancient vs modern methods (using deer antler picks, for example). Archaeologists also wanted to look at weathering, soil movement, ditch silting, etc. They buried cremated human bone, sheep bone, charred and uncharred oak and hazel, wool, cotton, and linen, variously tanned leathers, and flints and potsherds.

(The experimental earthwork on Overton Down, Wiltshire. Ed. P A Jewell. 1960)
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
30th June 2003ce

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