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Sunderland, Hasting Hill Barrow



Religious Ritual and Funerary

Funerary site

Round Barrow


Bronze Age


A small round barrow, on the highest point of Hasting Hill, at its west end. Before excavation in 1911 it was low, flat and slightly bowl-shaped, 40 feet in diameter and about 3 feet high. It appears to have been of cairn construction, consisting of earth and stones, with no surrounding bank and ditch. Trechmann, the excavator, found in the make-up of the mound human bones of at least 10 individuals, animal bones, flint chippings and pottery, including part of the base of a small vessel of red clay. The base, 35 mm in diameter, was decorated with a cross formed of two lines of impressed dots. Various authorities have called it a 'food vessel', an 'incense cup' and a 'pygmy vessel'. There is no longer any sign of the barrow at the site, which is presently an unimproved meadow notable for its wild flowers. SCHEDULED ANCIENT MONUMENT




<< HER 113 >> Transactions Architecture & Archaeology Society Durham & Northumberland, 1889, III, p. 185 C.T. Trechmann, 1913, Hasting Hill, Offerton, Co.Durham,Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle, 3, V (for 1911-12), p. 139 C.T. Trechmann, 1912, Recent Finds of Pre-historic Remains at Hasting Hill, near Offerton, Antiquities of Sunderland, XIV, pp. 1-5 T. Coke Squance, 1912, Notes on, and Deductions from Bones found at Hasting Hill... Antiquities of Sunderland, XIV, pp. 6-11 C.T. Trechmann, 1914, Prehistoric Burials in the County of Durham, Archaeologia Aeliana, 3, XI, pp. 135-156 R. Miket, 1984, The Prehistory of Tyne and Wear, pp. 68-70, 74, Fig. 21 R. Young, 1980, An Inventory of Barrows in Co. Durham, Transactions Architectectural & Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, New series, Vol. 5, p. 10 no. 44

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