The Bed Burial

The most spectacular discovery was a rare bed burial (Grave 1468 containing an adult female, aged 45+ years) of which numerous iron fittings have survived. Dated to the 7th century, and probably the the second half of it, bed burials are usually found with adult females. Finds are concentrated in Wessex and an area east of Cambridge. These beds are typically found in high status burials, often under barrows, and are usually accompanied by jewellery and several types of vessels, both metal and pottery. It is therefore intriguing that the Collingbourne Ducis burial was only accompanied by a pot. 

 Fig. 8 Reconstruction of bed burial in grave 1468
Reconstruction of bed burial in grave 1468