Saxon bowl barrow, part of "Gally Hills" group,
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- RefNo: 1123
- Reference Number: SHHER_1123
- Site Name: Saxon bowl barrow, part of "Gally Hills" group,
- Grid Reference: 524970 160810
- Description: Gally Hills barrows. Four bowl barrows 25ft to 45ft in diameter and 2.5 to 5ft in height. The name Gally Hills possibly indicates the former position of a gallows and a gibbet is said to have stood nearby. The northern most barrow of the remaining Galley Hill barrows was excavated during May 1972, after extensive damage. The excavations revealed a primary burial placed in a pit dug 2m into natural chalk, with disturbance caused by a circular pit. The associated finds of a spear, knife and hanging bowl suggest this may have been the burial of a Saxon warrior. Other excavated features included a 'floor' of small flint nodules 10cm deep, levelled below with clay over bedrock and a secondary pit, of unknown purposes. Also found were four secondary burials. Two of the skeletons were intact and displayed neck dislocation, suggesting these were possibly gallows victims.
- Form: CONJECTURAL EVIDENCE
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