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Burial site near Stonehenge exposed by badger

A Bronze Age cremation burial has been discovered near Stonehenge after being accidentally dug up by a badger.

Bronze Age burial near Stonehenge exposed by badger
Sherds of pottery from a cremation urn were dug up by a badger 
[Credit: Wiltshire Council CMAS]
Objects found in a burial mound at Netheravon, Wiltshire, include a bronze saw, an archer's wrist guard, a copper chisel and cremated human remains.

Experts believe the burial may have been that of an archer or a person who made archery equipment.

The artefacts date back to 2,200-2,000BC, senior archaeologist Richard Osgood, of the MOD, said.

Bronze Age burial near Stonehenge exposed by badger
Claw marks can be seen on bits of the pottery 
[Credit: Wiltshire Council CMAS]
The burial mound, about five miles north of Stonehenge, lies on MOD land.

Mr Osgood, from the MOD's Defence Infrastructure Organisation, said it was "an exciting find".

"It was utterly unexpected. These are wonderful artefacts from the early Bronze Age, about 2,200-2,000 BC," he said.

Bronze Age burial near Stonehenge exposed by badger
A copper chisel, which still has its decorated bone handle attached, was 
one of the objects unearthed [Credit: Wiltshire Council CMAS]
Also among the finds were shaft straighteners for straightening arrows, and pieces of pottery.

Mr Osgood said the badger had dug out the cremation urn and sherds of pottery were lying on the surface when they were spotted.

A full archaeological dig was then carried out on the site.

Bronze Age burial near Stonehenge exposed by badger
Experts think the bronze saw may have been used by somebody who made
 archery equipment [Credit: Wiltshire Council CMAS]
Mr Osgood said: "There are badger setts in quite a few scheduled monuments - the actions of burrowing animals is one of the biggest risks to archaeology in Britain - but to bring out items of this quality from one hole is unusual.

"We would never have known these objects were in there, so there's a small part of me that is quite pleased the badger did this... but it probably would have been better that these things had stayed within the monument where they'd resided for 4,000 years."

Bronze Age burial near Stonehenge exposed by badger
An archer's wrist guard and shaft straighteners were among 
the objects discovered [Credit: Wiltshire Council CMAS]
Injured military personnel and veterans helped to excavate the site.

The items are due to be put on display at Wiltshire Museum in Devizes later this year.

Source: BBC News Website [February 09, 2016]

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