primary name: Wilsford G1
other name: RCH: Normanton 166
archaeology / bronze age
SiteName: NW. of Normanton Gorse,
LocalityType: bowl barrow,
LocalityType: round barrow,
Bowl barrow with two primary inhumations with a bell beaker and
antlers. A subsequent primary or secondary cremation was also
inserted into the central grave. 11 inhumations were also placed
in the north side of the barrow. 5-10 infant inhumations had
beakers. Another infant inhumation (burial 4) also had a small
vessel or urn type. A crouched adult inhumation (on right side)
had beaker sherds in its grave fill and a slate fragment behind
its skull (a possible copy of an early Irish bronze axe).
author: Martin, Andrew, Dr.
Normanton Down During July and August 1960, emergency
excavations on behalf of the Ministry of Works were carried out
on three barrows situated a little to the west of the main
Normanton barrow group on Normanton Down, in the parish of South
Wilsford. The director was Miss E. V. Field. Grinsell's Barrow
No. 1 (SU/11114163) This was a bowl barrow 50ft. in diameter,
the present height of the mound being lft. 3in. There is no
record of the original excavation carried out by William
Cunnington in 1805, except a comment that the central grave
contained a skeleton, a drinking cup and stag antlers. (Hoare,
Ancient Wilts., i, 206). The 1960 excavations proved, however,
that the central grave had contained at least two inhumations
and a cremation. Fragments of a bell beaker were also recovered
with the burnt and inhumed bones in the original grave fill.
Total excavation brought to light 11 burials, all of which were
situated in the north side of the barrow. Burials 5-10 were
infant inhumations, and contained beakers ; Burial 4 was also an
inhumed infant, but contained a small vessel of urn type. Grave
11 contained the crouched skeleton of a young adult lying on its
right side; behind the skull was a fragment of slate, which may
be a copy of an early Irish flat bronze axe. Beaker sherds were
also found in the grave filling.
No. 166 contained the remains of a skeleton, accompanied by a
drinking cup, and stags' horns.
RCH 166: primary skeleton beaker, and antlers. AW i. 206