Bant´s Carn Burial Chamber

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Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
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Bant´s Carn Burial Chamber Isles of Scilly Reviews

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An Entrance Grave from the Neolithic/Bronze Age Jun 13, 2012
Bant´s Carn Burial Chamber is located on St Mary´s north west side, a short walk from the Telegraph Tower. It is a chambered tomb, an example of an entrance grave, which was built over 4000 years ago and once contained cremation burials. It is possible that it was also used as a shrine or as a focus of ceremonies.

The site was excavated in 1900. Four piles of cremated human bones, together with pieces of decorated pottery, all probably from the Bronze Age, were found.

Although human remains have been found at some of the entrance graves, not all contained burials. Sometimes a mix of greasy soil and ashes, often with small pieces of pottery, has been uncovered. Occasionally, small pieces of personal items survive. This suggests that the entrance graves were not built simply as tombs for the dead, but had other meanings. The contents may have been the scrape up remains of funeral pyres, or the deliberate deposit of domestic refuse, possibly related to soil fertility rituals.

This entrance grave was already ancient when people lived at the nearby Iron Age village. They did not use its stones for building and perhaps respected the monument. Today it remains remarkably well preserved. You can still see traces of a surrounding platform.

Bant´s Carn Burial Chamber is nothing big and extravagant, but it´s definitely worth a visit.
Bant´s Carn Burial Chamber
Bant´s Carn Burial Chamber
Bant´s Carn Burial Chamber
Bant´s Carn Burial Chamber
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Dr_Seuss says:
Nice wee add on for a trip to the Isles Of Scilly 8)
Posted on: Jun 13, 2012
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