Neolithic burial monuments

Although no human remains were found in the Neolithic rectangular monument, there were also three Middle Neolithic circular monuments, two of which contained unurned cremation burials. 
 
The most complex of these was a double ditched monument. The inner ring ditch was continuous, but the outer ditch had a narrow break on the western side. At the centre of the monument was a grave containing the cremated remains of a woman and a young child. A sample of the woman’s bone was radiocarbon dated to 3240–3010 cal BC. There were two other cremation graves inside the inner ditch, and another cutting into the ditch’s fill after it had started silting up.
 
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Almost 2000 years later, during the Middle Bronze Age, another feature containing cremated bone, along with part of a Deverel–Rimbury urn and charcoal from a pyre, had been cut into the fill of the outer ditch, showing that the monument had remained an important feature in the landscape.
 
There were also two small U-shaped monuments open on their eastern sides, of a type also widely found in the region. One of these, immediately north of the double ring ditch, contained two further Middle Neolithic cremation burials. The other more distant monument contained no burials, and although it could not be dated its similar shape suggests that it was contemporary.
 
Together, the four Neolithic monuments, all in the southern of the two sites (ICSG) represent a small monument complex of a type that is frequently found on the river gravels of central southern England.