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Cartington tree trunk burial (Cartington)

An Early Bronze Age burial was discovered in 1913 during ploughing operations. A large block of stone was found and beneath it was a wooden trough, or tree trunk coffin made from an oak tree. The coffin measured 5 feet 6 inches (1.67m) long and between 20 to 25 inches (0.5 to 0.63m) wide. Few remains of the body survived except for some teeth and a cast of a leg bone in the clay filling. Other items included fragments of stitched calf skin, a drinking cup, and a flint scraper. A sample of the coffin has been dated using the radiocarbon dating technique and suggests a calendar date of about 2400-2200BC.

Reference number:N2737
Historical period: Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Cartington


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