Bowl Barrow 700m Nnw of Bridge Farm
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Cambridgeshire County Council
Fenland District Council
North East Cambridgeshire
OV451451 (545094, 293147)
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An Early Bronze round barrow constructed over evidence of Neolithic activity. The site is visible as a cropmark ring ditch on air photographs and during survey work in 1961 was still visible on the ground as a low mound circa 65 feet across. Small-scale excavation in 1961-2 showed the upcast soil representing the barrow mound to overlie a 2 inch thick horizon of black soil with much charcoal. This layer contained a couple of Beaker sherds. Below it was a sandy layer up to 10 inches thick and containing well over 500 sherds of Neolithic pottery. The assemblage apparently included sherds of Plain Bowl styles, Peterborough Ware and Grooved Ware. A pit and a hollow also contained sherds of pottery, while two stakeholes also clearly pre-dated the mound. Two burials were associated with the Early Bronze Age mound. One central pit contained the cremated remains of a single adult female along with 17 jet and 11 amber beads. A second pit towards the northern edge of the mound contained an adult male cremation beneath an inverted urn of indeterminate style. The ditch, apparently clear as a cropmark, proved difficult to locate in the excavation trenches. On the northern side, two parallel narrow ditches were observed. The innermost one appeared to cut the mound. To the south was a single shallow depression. To the west was an indistinct soil mark, not excavated, and no trace at all was visible on the east.
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