Bowl Barrow 700m Nnw of Bridge Farm


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Early Neolithic
Stake Hole

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

District Council

Fenland District Council



Parliamentary Constituency

North East Cambridgeshire

Grid Reference

OV451451 (545094, 293147)

WGS84 Coordinates

52.5165, 0.138545

Nearest Postcode

PE15 0DX

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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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