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TVAS News: Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Excavations in advance of mineral extraction revealed a small causewayed ring ditch and two ditches of Iron Age and Roman date. The ring ditch was probably dug at the end of the Early Bronze Age with a radiocarbon determination of 1691–1530 cal BC on charcoal from the lower fill of the ditch. Middle Bronze Age re-use of the monument took place with a crouched inhumation burial providing a radiocarbon determination of 1413–1290 cal BC. Inhumation burials of Middle Bronze Age date are most unusual at a time when cremation burial in urns was the norm. Finds included Early and Middle Bronze Age pottery and a deliberately broken bronze rapier blade. A residual later Mesolithic microlith was recovered pointing to some earlier use of the landscape.

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View of the excavated ring ditch. Close-up view of the excavated ring ditch.

View of the excavated ring ditch. Detail view of the burial.

View of the excavated ring ditch with burial.