Monument record WSW 002 - West Stow Country Park (Neo)

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Ring ditch with central inhumation and 47 cremations dated to LNeo by flint associations, though EBA date suggested by copper/copper alloy stains on 2 cremations.


Grid reference Centred TL 7969 7133 (239m by 99m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL77SE


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Multi-period site, Mesolithic to Medieval.
One stone axe (fragment, from Anglo Saxon hut, sectioned, greenstone)(S3), flint axes and flint tools, found all over excavated area generally.
Excavated ring ditch - circular ditch around central burial (crouched) with stone bead. In upper fill of grave was an unurned cremation and two flint 'tortoise' cores. There were a further 46 secondary cremations in or on the inner lip of the ditch along with a transverse and a leaf shaped arrowhead and flint fabricator. These flint associations are the main dating evidence for the burials, though two of the cremations had bone remains stained green suggesting contact with copper or copper alloy and therefore an (early?) bronze age date (S1)(S4, 9).
Large amount of other flints of Neo and EBA date, particularly transverse and oblique arrowheads in the general area of the ring ditch - details in (S4).

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> (No record type): Lawson, A.J., Martin, E. & Priddy, D.. 1981. The Barrows of East Anglia. Lawson A J, Martin E A & Priddy D, The Barrows of East Anglia, EAA Rep, 12, 1981, 69.
  • <S2> Article in serial: West, S.. 1985. West Stow, The Anglo-Saxon Village Volume 1: Text.
  • <S3> (No record type): Clough T H McK and Cummins W A (eds), Stone Axe Studies, 2, CBA RR, 67, 1988, 180, no 81.
  • <S3> Article in serial: West, S.. 1990. West Stow, Suffolk: The Prehistoric and Romano-British Occupations.

Finds (7)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Nov 7 2019 3:24PM

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