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Whitehorse Hill: the Cist and its Remarkable Contents

Ordinary Meeting of Fellows (Fellows and Guests Only)

Whitehorse Hill: the Cist and itsĀ  Remarkable Contents

Lecture by Andy M Jones, FSA*

*Please note that Dr Jones' name was incorrectly stated as 'Alan M Jones' on the Meeting Card posted to Fellows in January. Our apologies for the error.

We apologize, but no recording is available for this lecture.

In August 2011 Cornwall Archaeological Unit, undertook on behalf of the Dartmoor National Park Authority, the 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, which included basketry, a leather and textile artefact, layers of matted plant material, an animal pelt, a woven band with tin studs, a cremation, beads of amber, shale, clay and tin, a copper alloy awl/pin, flint 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. These have helped build up a picture of changing environmental conditions over time around the cist.