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Two Beaker Burials from Chilbolton, Hampshire

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 February 2014

Andrew D. Russel
63 Highfield Cresc., Southampton SO2 1SG
W. A. Boismier
Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
A. Foxon
Town Docks Museum, Queen Victoria Sq., Hull HU1 3DX
F. J. Green
Test Valley Archaeological Trust, Orchard House, Orchard Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8DP
Anne Stirland
Institute of Archaeology, 31–34 Gordon Sq., London WC1
Diane Williams
School of History and Archaeology, University of Wales College of Cardiff, PO Box 909, Cardiff CF1 3XU


The stripping, for commercial purposes, of an area of chalk downland near Leckford, Hants., led to the excavation of a small ring ditch containing the remains of two male inhumations. The earlier, 3740±80 BP uncal., buried in a mortuary chamber, was accompanied by a bell-shaped beaker of early type (with European or Wessex/Middle Rhine affinities), an antler spatula, two pairs of gold earrings, a gold tubular bead, 55 stone beads, a copper dagger, a flint strike-a-light, a marcasite nodule and a number of flint tools and flakes. The second burial, 3780±80 BP uncal., interred shortly after the first in the same grave, was accompanied by a finger-nail decorated beaker and two flint flakes.

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