TVAS North Midlands: Excavations at Mouselow Quarry, Glossop, North Derbyshire

Content warning: this article contains discussion of cremated human bone

During the stripping in advance of extension at Mouselow Quarry, Glossop, North Derbyshire, a series of cremations were found.

In total four cremations were found but only one was contained in a mostly complete vessel. It is also of note that these were the only features found in the area and within close proximity to each other. They were also isolated on a false crest on the top of a steep hill overlooking the valley.

Site plan

Site plan showing area stripped and the cremations in plan

Photo showing cremations in a group shot

A group photo of the cremations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The vessel appears to be an early Bronze Age collared or cordoned urn, with horizontal linear impressed cord decoration. It is currently with our specialist who will provide us with more in-depth detail.

 

Urn pre excavation with site board and two scales

Cremation urn before excavation

Urn excavated with photo board and three scales

Cremation urn excavated ready to be lifted for further examination during post excavation

Cremation urn excavated ready to be lifted for further examination during post excavation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A full analysis of these findings will be published in a report coming soon.

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