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Monument details

HER Number:TR 15 SE 83
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age barrow and Iron Age features, near Bishopsbourne

Summary

The first Bronze Age barrow was surrounded by a ditch but there was no trace of any internal features. A later ditch feature was found cutting through the barrow, and a number of post holes were found nears its end. These two features were thought to be contemporary and were dated on the basis of Iron Age pottery removed from the fill of the ditch. A second barrow was also found nearby and unlike the first contained ten cremation burials. Five of the burials were in pots and five in pits. Six further external cremations were found outside the boundary ditch to the north east of the barrow. A possible hearth of ash and burnt flint was found on the south eastern side of the ditch. Two geological phenomenas were also observed during excavation including a 61cm long flint.


Grid Reference:TR 1929 5324
Map Sheet:TR15SE
Parish:BRIDGE, CANTERBURY, KENT

Monument Types

  • BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • CREMATION (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2350 BC to 42 AD)
  • DITCH (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POST HOLE (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

Protected Status:Selected Heritage Inventory for Natural England: Bronze Age barrow and Iron Age features, near Bishopsbourne

Full description

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TR 19295324 Bronze Age barrow and Iron Age features. The first bronze age barrow was surrounded by a ditch but there was no trace of any internal features. A later ditch feature was found cutting through the barrow, and a number of post holes were found nears its end. These two features were thought to be contemporary and were dated on the basis of iron age pottery removed from the fill of the ditch. A second barrow was also found nearby and unlike the first contained ten cremation burials. Five of the burials were in pots and five in pits. Six further external cremations were found outside the boundary ditch to the north east of the barrow. A possible hearth of ash and burnt flint was found on the south eastern side of the ditch. Two geological phenomenas were also observed during excavation including a 61cm long flint.


<1> OS Card / NAR index entry, Arch Cant 96 1980 166-173 (N Macpherson-Grant) (Unpublished document). SKE6461.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
<1>Unpublished document: OS Card / NAR index entry. Arch Cant 96 1980 166-173 (N Macpherson-Grant).

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