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19Nov2013: The Whitehorse Hill Cist

CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th November at 7.00pm

at Jericho’s, 4 Northgate St., Launceston PL15 8BD - as usual.

The talk will be “The Whitehorse Hill Cist: a remarkable Early Bronze Age Burial” given by Dr. Andy Jones MIFA, Archaeologist Team Leader, Historic Environment Projects, Cornwall Council.

In August 2011 HE Projects, Cornwall Council, undertook on behalf of the Dartmoor National Park Authority, an archaeological excavation of a Scheduled Monument at Whitehorse Hill. The site was a prehistoric cist located on the western edge of a peat mound which was drying out and shrinking. Initially it was thought unlikely that the cist would contain many finds. However, the excavations revealed an intact burial deposit which was associated with a range of organic artefacts that are unique in a British context, and the site is one of the most important Early Bronze Age graves to be discovered in the last 100 years.

The artefacts recovered from the cist included basketry, a leather and textile artefact, layers of matted plant material, an animal pelt, a woven band with tin studs, a cremation, beads / studs of amber, shale, clay and tin, and worked wood.

The exceptional preservation within the peat mound also meant that, in addition to the unparalleled finds assemblage, there was a wide range of environmental material including: pollen, testate amoebae, tephra, fungal spores, plant macrofossils and charcoal. This means it will be possible to develop a model of changing environmental conditions around the cist, and it will be possible consider prehistoric grazing regimes.

We look forward to seeing you at Jericho’s on the 19th.

Free Entrance but donations welcome to help cover costs.

Refreshments: £3 per person