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Record details

BCC record ID:0086800400
Type of record:Monument
Summary:Ninety-seven Roman infant burials recorded in excavation of Yewden Villa
Grid Reference:SU 78450 85550
Parish:

HAMBLEDEN, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Monument type(s)

  • BURIAL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • INHUMATION CEMETERY (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated finds: none recorded

Protected status

  • Ancient Monument

Public access information

Is the site accessible to the public?No
Is the site visible from a public viewpoint?Unclassified

Full description

N PART OF SITE LITTERED WITH BABY SKELETONS, MOSTLY IN THE YARD (10:000). MOSTLY NEWLY BORN. A FEW LAID AT LENGTH, BUT MOST IN A BUNDLE, PRESUMABLY WRAPPED IN A CLOTH (B1).
SOME BONES FROM PREMATURE BABIES SUGGESTING ABORTION (B17).
Infant remains from 62 contexts located and preliminary examination carried out by Simon Mayes of English Heritage in April 2008. 37 represent articulated burials and 25 are isolated bones or bone fragments. Of the 37 burials, 34 are perinatal and the remainder aged approx 1, 2 and 6 years. Further assessment required (B24).

Sources and further reading

<1>Article in serial: Alfred Heneage Cocks. 1921. 'A ROMANO-BRITISH HOMESTEAD IN THE HAMBLEDEN VALLEY', IN ARCHAEOLOGIA 71 PP141-198. Vol 71.
<17>Unpublished document: Arthur Keith. Undated. 'REPORT ON THE HUMAN REMAINS DISCOVERED...DURING EXCAVATIONS OF THE ROMAN SITE AT YEWDEN, HAMBLEDEN.
<24>Unpublished document: Simon Mays. October 2008. Romans in the Hambleden Valley Project. pp57-58

Associated excavations and fieldwork

  • EBC1000:

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