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Draycott Hill

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


On the brow of the hill is a group of five circular barrows, and one oblong, three of which Mr Cunnington had opened. The first produced a rude urn and two pins of bone perforated. The second, a cist, and one bone pin, but no urn. The third, a well-shaped bell barrow, contained two interments towards the top, which had been preserved by some very large flints. At the depth of three feet was an urn, which in taking out was unfortunately broken to pieces. Within this sepulchral urn was a badly-baked black cup, curiously ornamented, but an unlucky stroke of the labourer's spade cut it in two: there was also a small pin of brass, and another of bone.
That was some unlucky stroke, if the cup was in the urn. You just can't get the servants these days. Rev. A C Smith quotes Sir R Hoare, on p211 of 'Guide to the British and Roman Antiquities of the North Wiltshire Downs' (1884).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
13th March 2006ce

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