Tyne and Wear HER(331): Tunstall Hills, cremations in urns - Details
Tunstall Hills, cremations in urns
Religious Ritual and Funerary
In the Summer of 1914, some workmen discovered a covered cist made from limestone flags on the northern side of the southern peak, about six feet from the base. On the floor were the fragments of three urns "of very rude and inelegant form, ornamented with zigzag", all of them containing a rich dark mould, in which were interspersed small fragments of bone and some human teeth, the remains of cremations.
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