Thursday, May 3, 2012

More on Dartmoor Bronze Age burial remains X-rayed

Archaeologists said the results of the special scans were "extraordinarily exciting" and that they were now looking forward to the items being analysed by experts all over the country. 

Last August, the Dartmoor National Park Authority decided to investigate the contents of a stone cist in a peat mound at Whitehorse Hill because the ancient structure was threatened by erosion. 

When they lifted the stones they discovered the burial, which consists of the cremated remains of one person, a leather bag with a textile top, a woven basket-type bag, some kind of animal pelt, an as-yet unidentified "matted object" and two pieces of hazel wood. Jane Marchand, the authority's senior archaeologist, said the scans – carried out by a team from Wiltshire Council's Conservation Service – had revealed that there was a lot more at the site than previously thought.

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