Bronze Age Cemetery and other features at Coton Park Rugby
The site of a Bronze Age cremation cemetery reavealed during excavation. The site is located 500m south of Coton House.
1 Archaeological evaluation at Coton Park, Rugby carried out by Thames Valley Archaeological Services revealed Middle Bronze Age and Late Bronze/early Iron Age activity on the site. The evidence, however, was fairly sparse and consisted of two or three pits and a shallow ditch. Associated with these features were small quantities of pottery. There were no other features which could be dated with any degree of certainty to these periods.
2 Further excavation on the site of the DMV recorded the cremation cemetery and other Bronze Age features at this site, with its Deverel-Rimbury assemblage. The cemetery was probably in use between 1400 and 1200 BC. None of the cremations were urned, although in one instance a small bowl was used as an accessory vessel. It can be compared with the possibly contemporary site at Ryton-on-Dunsmore, although the lack of dating evidence makes a definite statement concerning any regional or chronological trends difficult.
3, 4 Residual flint and stone denote activity of Neolithic/Early Bronze Age date. The earliest cut features are a pit group, containing Deverel-Rimbury pottery assemblage of middle Bronze Age date, and a cremation cemetery, which has been radiocarbon dated to the Middle Bronze Age.
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