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Neolithic Barrows, a Beaker Grave, Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon Burials and Settlement at Trumpington, Cambridge

last modified Jul 03, 2018 10:39 AM
New monograph "Riversides" details the 2010-11 excavations at Trumpington

Riversides Trumpington archaeology cover


According to lead author and Director of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit Christopher Evans, “Providing rare insights into the nature of settlement continuities and population disruptions, the sequence dug by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit at Trumpington’s riverside is certainly both locally and internationally important."

"It’s not just a matter of its remarkable series of burials – its Neolithic barrow-chamber interments, the Beaker couple that featured in Harvard’s recent ancient DNA study, and the Anglo-Saxon bed burial of a young female with a gold cross – but also the detailing of the site’s extraordinary Early Iron Age occupation, with evidence of bird-based rituals and the manipulation of human remains (including even human bone tools!). Add to this that its males had sword-cut wounds, this contributes to the evidence of the area’s ringwork forts, suggesting that the Cambridge Region was then some manner of polity and saw considerable contestation (and, arguably, much social ‘mayhem’)." 

The McDonald Institute monograph is available from Oxbow books

Double Beaker burial Trumpington hi res


A double 'Beaker' grave excavated at Trumpington Meadows, Cambridgeshire by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit. The grave is that of a 16–18 year-old female and a 17–20 year-old male and dates to c.2000-1950 BC. Both are buried with a fineware beaker. Image credit: Dave Webb, Cambridge Archaeological Unit


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