The regional setting

In most of the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in Wiltshire most of the graves are oriented in one direction but there are also several less common orientations. At Collingbourne Ducis the graves were aligned in one of two ways: west-east or north-south. The 1974 graves were mainly east-west and it seems that over time a wider range of alignments were used
 
The significance of this is not yet known, but the use of two main alignments is a feature that the burial ground shares with the cemetery at Petersfinger (near Salisbury) where alignment seems to have been used to distinguish two separate households that buried their dead in the same cemetery.
 
Fig. 7: Crouched burial in G1397
Crouched burial in Grave 1397
As in most early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries, the vast majority of the interments from 2007 had been laid out extended supine, although several less frequent positions are also present, such as burial on the side (n=6) and crouched (n=3).  The latter is quite interesting because three examples were also found in 1974, and as a group they are characterised by a relative lack of objects buried with them.
 
In fact, Wiltshire does seem to have a relatively large number of these interments. This minority practice was probably a way to distinguish individuals of a special status, though we should not dismiss the idea that it was a native rite that had been adopted, especially given the relative closeness of Western ‘British' Wessex.
 
There was a lack of internal grave structures but several were embellished with a flint lining, while in another a burnt log was placed along one side of the grave. Two of the cremation burials were enclosed by an external structure that would have signalled the location of the grave and in one case is very similar to the four-post structures known from Alton (Hampshire) and Apple Down (West Sussex), while the other is similar to the annular ditches at Portway East, Andover (Hampshire).

Enclosure around cremation 1310 

Enclosure around cremation burial grave 1310