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Silksworth, Steeple Hill, barrow



Religious Ritual and Funerary

Funerary site

Round Barrow


Bronze Age

Levelled Earthwork

In February, 1876, the small natural mound of sand and gravel, with a small barrow on top, called Steeple Hill, was removed. Inside it was a cist which contained a contracted skeleton, and two Food Vessels, in one of which was a cremation. Nearby was a second skeleton. The area is now covered by allotments.




<< HER 159 >> W. Greenwell, 1877, British Barrows, p. 441 Transactions Architectectural & Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, 1890, A Prae-Historic Cist Burial at Sacriston, Vol. III (for 1880-9), p. 184 W. Page, ed. 1905, Early Man, Victoria County History, Durham, Vol. I, p. 208 W.Mitchell, 1919, History of Sunderland, p. 11 A.M. Gibson, 1978, Bronze Age Pottery in the North-East of England, British Archaeological Report, Vol. 56, p. 76 R. Miket, 1984, The Prehistory of Tyne and Wear, p. 72, no. 10 R. Young, 1980, An Inventory of Barrows in Co. Durham, Transactions Architectural & Archaeological Society Durham & Northumberland, New Series, Vol. 5, p. 13 no. 92

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