Neolithic rectangular ditched monument

The environment, although wooded, would have witnessed some clearance during the Early Neolithic, so that the Neolithic monuments are likely to have been built in relatively large clearings.
 
A small rectangular enclosure, defined by a substantial ditch, may have been some form of mortuary monument, relating to the disposal of the dead, even though no human remains were found in it. It was 34 m long (east to west) and 15 m wide, although it may have been slightly lengthened as it had another ditch just inside its eastern end. 
 
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There were no features inside the monument that were definitely associated with it, although magnetic susceptibility readings were much higher in the interior than on the outside, which might indicate that there had been burning inside.
 
Small quantities of Middle Neolithic (3350–2850 BC) Peterborough Ware pottery, struck flint and fired clay, and a single fragment of animal bone, were recovered from the ditch.
 
Similar Neolithic monuments have been found in many of the river valleys of eastern and central England, and although they are generally poorly dated it seems likely that they were built in the middle or late 4th millennium BC. The shape of the monument has some similarities to Neolithic houses, and this may have been part of the symbolism used in whatever ritual activities were undertaken at this monument.