West Kennet Bell Barrow, 160m North-West of West Kennet Long Barrow
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SE103103 (410261, 167870)
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Bronze Age bell or bowl barrow Avebury 55, now visible as a cropmark with only vestigial traces of a mound. Although no previous investigation was known, excavation in 1964 observed traces of up to 3 earlier disturbances. Beneath the mound was a disturbed rectangular pit containing a cremation plus pygmy cup, bronze awl, horn pendant, and 4 beads (3 fossil, one chalk). 2 secondary cremations were also found on the berm, and others were suggested by the presence of potsherds in the ploughsoil over the ditch. The ploughsoil around the barrow contained considerable evidence of pre-barrow activity, in the form of Neolithic pottery (Windmill Hill, Peterborough Ware, Grooved Ware and Beaker sherds), animal bones, and flint implements, as well as a scatter of pits containing a broadly similar range of material. A contracted inhumation, unaccompanied but assigned to this pre-barrow phase, was found on the berm of the barrow.
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