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Tinkin's Wood Burial Chamber.........side view | by welshlady
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Tinkin's Wood Burial Chamber.........side view

The covering mound is still prominent (40m x 18m - 130ft x 60ft), and inside the chamber were 920 pieces of human bone, nearly all broken, showing that at least 40 people of both sexes and all ages were buried here in Neolithic times. The horned entrance faces north-east and in the mound itself, behind the capstone, lies an enigmatic stone-lined pit, whose purpose in unknown. Corpses were probably left exposed in it before the skeletons were finally interred in the burial chamber. The remains of other bones, soft red Neolithic ware, and Beaker style pottery were also found, showing that the tomb was probably used by a small community over a long time, maybe up to the early Bronze Age.


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Taken on May 14, 2006