Friday, November 23, 2012

Dead Rite chapter 132.02

“Bugger that for a game of soldiers.” Peters returned his attention to his phone.

“I could have you up on a charge for that.”

“Sorry.” He looked up again. “Bugger that for a game of soldiers, sir.”

“Better.” White did a few stretches and read the English Heritage sign again.

Hobb’s Carn, a Bronze Age tomb of the type known as an entrance grave. It consists of an outer platform surrounding an inner cairn or mound containing a slab-built chamber. The mound is about 26 feet (8 metres) long and 20 feet (6 metres) wide, retained by a well-made kerb of stone slabs; a second kerb retains the lower platform around the mound.

The chamber itself, 11 feet (3.25 metres) long by 5 feet (1.5 metres) wide, is roofed with three large capstones. A stone-lined entrance passage beneath the dolman leads from the outer kerb to the entrance of the burial chamber.

Hobb’s Carn, was excavated in 1910, but was found to be almost empty.

At the far end of the burial chamber seven piles of cremated human bones were discovered, together with the incomplete skeleton of a child and a few fragments of decorated pottery. A selection of tools and weapons dating from the period were relocated to Laverstone Museum. The child was dated to the late middle ages and was thought to be a sacrifice by more recent settlers to the area.

It has been suggested that this monument may have acted as a territorial marker, since it stands close to a prehistoric field system that was already in existence when the mound were built.

He tapped the sign with his finger. “Dead end my arse.”

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