Monument details

HER Number:1340/1/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Withington Hall Barrow Cemetery

Summary

Bronze Age round barrow.Excavated in 1976/7. A primary burial of a women around.18 years old was found. The body was cremated and probably placed in a leather container. This was placed in a pit and covered with a square of turf, which in turn was covered with a layer of sand and gravel, then charcoal. The mound was then built over this. Analysis of the charcoal has given a date of around 1900 BC. There were also 2 or 3 secondary cremations buried without containers. One of these dates to around 1700 BC.

Just outside the perimeter of the barrow was a pit containing fragments of an inhumation.This has been given a radio carbon date of between the 6th and 8th centuries AD, suggesting the barrow was reused as a burial site in Anglo-Saxon times. Flint implements were found throughout the barrow but there was no pottery. This barrow is a Scheduled Monument.

18th century records refers to 'a line of imperfect barrows' between Astle Hall and Withington.

There are three round barrows that are Scheduled Monuments in Withington Hall Barrow Cemetery. A further possible barrow had recently been identified. Round barrows are a type of burial mound, particularly used in the Bronze Age. Mounds of earth and stone were placed over a burial or cremation. A single barrow could be re-used for several later burials.


Parish:LOWER WITHINGTON, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE EAST

Monument Types

  • CEMETERY (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
  • CREMATION ( 4 of, Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
  • FUNERARY SITE (Burial site, Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
  • INHUMATION (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
  • INHUMATION (AD 6TH CENTURY - 500 AD to 599 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 22586: Two Bowl Barrows 390M And 320M South-South-West Of Home Farm

Related records

1340/1/0Related to: Withington Hall Barrow Cemetery (Monument)



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