Snail Down

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Snail Down is an Early Bronze Age barrow cemetery on Salisbury Plain, located eight miles north-east of Stonehenge. Thirty-three mounds include examples of almost every type of Wessex barrow: bowl, bell, disc, saucer and pond type have all been excaveted there between 1953-7. The preferred burial rite at the site was cremation and disposal in burial pits. The land surrounding the cemetery is covered with the remains of ancient enclosures, ditches and other signs of habitation, suggesting that this area was in use...

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Overview

Snail Down is an Early Bronze Age barrow cemetery on Salisbury Plain, located eight miles north-east of Stonehenge. Thirty-three mounds include examples of almost every type of Wessex barrow: bowl, bell, disc, saucer and pond type have all been excaveted there between 1953-7. The preferred burial rite at the site was cremation and disposal in burial pits. The land surrounding the cemetery is covered with the remains of ancient enclosures, ditches and other signs of habitation, suggesting that this area was in use for the last two millennia BC. This publication presents detailed analysis of an extraordinary variety of finds, backed up with illustrative material.

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Current Archaeology - Jeffrey May
one of the great projects of the 1950s...the report is ... welcome and duty is done.'
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Introduction; Concordance of barrow and earthwork numbers; An earthwork survey of Snail Down (David Field and Mark Corney); Part 1: The excavations, 1953, 1955, 1957 (Nicholas Thomas); Part 2: The finds and other specialist reports: The human cremations, inhumation burials and fragments (G H Bunting et al); The trepanned cranial disc from Site II (Ian Cornwall); The Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery from the Beaker settlement (Alex Gibson); Collared urns, food vessels and accessory cups and vessels from the barrows (Ian Longworth); Bronze Age, Iron Age and Romano-British pottery associated with the linear ditch system (Frances Raymond); Romano-British pottery derived from agriculture around the barrow cemetery (Kenneth Annable); The flint (Robert Young and Deirdre O'Sullivan); Stone tools and sarsen (Nicholas Thomas); Worked bone (Nicholas Thomas); Beads from the burials (Nicholas Thomas); Early Bronze Age copper alloy awls from Sites I and II (Nicholas Thomas); Grave groups recovered by Hoare and Cunningham in 1805 (Nicholas Thomas); Miscellaneous artefacts, prehistoric and later (Nicholas Thomas); The Roman coins (Marion Archibald); Remains of the wild and domestic animals (Juliet Clutton-Brock and Peter Jewell); The molluscan material (Arthur Cain and John Currey); The charred plant remains and charcoal (Camilla Dickson); The Snail Down radiocarbon dates (Paul Ashbee and Alex Bayliss); Excavation mementoes left by Hoare and Cunningham (Nicholas Thomas); A study of the vegetation on the stripped barrow CK18 (Salisbury Plain Training Area (East) Conservation Group, Sub-Group Botany); Part 3: The anatomy of a Bronze Age barrow cemetery and its people (Nicholas Thomas).

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