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A first ‘Wessex 1’ date from Wessex

  • Stuart Needham (a1), Mike Parker Pearson (a2), Alan Tyler (a3), Mike Richards (a4) and Mandy Jay (a4)...

The furnished barrow burials of Wessex represent a maturation of the Beaker rite during the Early Bronze Age in Britain. Many of these burials were unearthed centuries ago, when archaeology was at its most eager and insouciant, but – happily for us – there were often a few careful recorders on hand. Thanks to their records, the modern scientists engaged in the Beaker People Project can still follow the trail back to a museum specimen and obtain high precision dates – as in the case of the ‘Wessex 1’ grave from West Overton in Wessex reported here.

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