SX8957 : Neolithic Chamber Tomb at Broadsands

taken 8 years ago, near to Goodrington, Torbay, Great Britain

Neolithic Chamber Tomb at  Broadsands
Neolithic Chamber Tomb at Broadsands
This Neolithic Chambered Tomb goes virtually unnoticed by locals and visiting holidaymakers alike. In many senses it is a wholly neglected historical remnant. One could argue that it should be properly looked after by a little of the money that is spent on the tourist industry. The following website LinkExternal link
provides this information:

"A Neolithic chambered tomb or passage grave located on the southern slope overlooking Torbay coast at Broadsands. This megalithic chamber has a single parallel-sided entrance passage 3.8 metres long and 1.2 metres wide lined with alternating orthostats and dry stone walling set within a near circular cairn 12 metres in diameter at construction but later reduced to 7 metres north east by 9 metres east west.

The tomb comprises a polygonal chamber with dimensions of 3.35 metres by 2.1 metres and maximum height of 1.6 metres. The chamber was constructed of eleven local limestone upright orthostats with an infill of horizontally placed dry stone walling. Seven orthostats remain in situ while one of the huge capstones now lies semi upright on the southern side of the monument.

Excavation produced evidence for three primary inhumations that of two adults and one infant associated with Neolithic pottery. A secondary inhumation of a young adult was found on the stone floor with late Neolithic pottery. Evidence was also found of a ritual cleansing prior to reuse and a later disturbance during the Medieval period when the tomb was incorporated into a hedge bank marking the parish boundary between Paignton and Churston Ferrers. Scheduled. "

Bones and part of the tomb are exhibited at Torquay Museum. The link above contains a photograph. The exhibit is described as follows:

"Torquay Museum

Human leg bones

A preserved stone paving slab from the Chamber Tomb at Broadsands. The slab has two human femur bones still embedded in soil that have been dated to 3768-3641 BC. Evidence from stable isotope analysis shows that the occupants of the tomb had a diet almost wholly based on terrestrial foods, despite being buried and probably living so close to the sea.

Broadsands, Paignton, Excavated by C Ralegh Radford in 1958."

Thanks are due to "AngieLake" who put up the photograph from the Museum.

I find it somewhat sad that these bones have been disturbed after over 5000 years.
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Thursday, 9 September, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 11 September, 2010
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