Undated burial

Description of this historic site

The site of a burial of unknown date. It was discovered 600m north west of Bath Hill Wood, Walton.

Notes about this historic site

1 A JCB operator digging a drainage ditch at the edge of a wheat field found the head of a human skeleton in a trench 0.8m deep. The skull and part of an arm bone were visible in section. There was not enough showing to be sure of the orientation, but it could be lying approximately E-W. The remains were in a carefully-dug grave in black soil, the bottom of the grave corresponding with a hard glacial pebble layer, therefore it is unlikely that there was a coffin. The black soil was found all along the trench section going down very nearly to the depth of the grave bottom and containing flecks of charcoal suggesting some artificial disturbance responsible for the great thickness of topsoil. It is possible therefore that there are other graves and/or settlement nearby. The skull was left in position.

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