Tyne and Wear HER(16): Southwick Hills, human remains - Details
Southwick Hills, human remains
Religious Ritual and Funerary
Human bones, and sometimes entire skeletons, have been frequently discovered on Southwick Hills, half a mile north-west of the village, during earth moving operations associated with limestone quarrying. One reference refers to two or three skeletons found near a Mr. Brunton's quarry, each with a circle of limpet shells placed around the skulls. Miket suggests that the burials may have been prehistoric, but the precise location of the various quarries on this ridge is not known.
<< HER 16 >> E. Mackenzie & M. Ross, 1834, View of...County...Durham, Vol. I, p. 328 W. Fordyce, 1857, History of...Durham, Vol. II, p. 540 R. Miket, 1984, The Prehistory of Tyne and Wear, p. 64, no. 28