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An early Neolithic mortuary deposit from the Woodford G2 long barrow

An early Neolithic mortuary deposit from the Woodford G2 long barrow
An early Neolithic mortuary deposit from the Woodford G2 long barrow
Woodford G2 is a southerly outlier of a group of long barrows focused on the Stonehenge landscape. It was subject to total excavation in 1963, the results of that work being published over 20 years later. At the time, no study was made of the primary mortuary deposit recovered from the buried soil and a flint cairn under the barrow mound. This material is of some significance as one of only a handful of early Neolithic barrow assemblages from the wider region excavated under ‘modern’ conditions. Analysis of that material shows a minimum of three adults and one juvenile are represented – a relatively small number of individuals that repeats a pattern seen at other long barrows in the Stonehenge landscape. None of the identified individuals is represented by even a moderately complete skeletal inventory. The human bone is both weathered and highly fragmented, and may have been heavily disturbed by later animal activity
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Carton, Jonathan
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Pollard, Joshua
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Zakrzewski, Sonia
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Carton, Jonathan
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Pollard, Joshua
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Zakrzewski, Sonia
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Carton, Jonathan, Pollard, Joshua and Zakrzewski, Sonia (2016) An early Neolithic mortuary deposit from the Woodford G2 long barrow. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 109, 79-90.

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Woodford G2 is a southerly outlier of a group of long barrows focused on the Stonehenge landscape. It was subject to total excavation in 1963, the results of that work being published over 20 years later. At the time, no study was made of the primary mortuary deposit recovered from the buried soil and a flint cairn under the barrow mound. This material is of some significance as one of only a handful of early Neolithic barrow assemblages from the wider region excavated under ‘modern’ conditions. Analysis of that material shows a minimum of three adults and one juvenile are represented – a relatively small number of individuals that repeats a pattern seen at other long barrows in the Stonehenge landscape. None of the identified individuals is represented by even a moderately complete skeletal inventory. The human bone is both weathered and highly fragmented, and may have been heavily disturbed by later animal activity

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e-pub ahead of print date: 2016
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 384623
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/384623
PURE UUID: 79ec5abb-6520-4f7e-8d97-2d82e434b82d
ORCID for Joshua Pollard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8429-2009
ORCID for Sonia Zakrzewski: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1796-065X

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Date deposited: 05 Jan 2016 13:44
Last modified: 25 Jul 2019 00:35

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