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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 790
 Date Entered 24/03/2014
 Updated on 05/04/2016
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Burnt Mound
 Record Type Archaeology
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 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 24/03/2014
 Location Coverdale Head. Braidley, Low Pasture.
 Civil Parish Carlton Highdale
 Brit. National Grid SE 03561 79603
 Altitude 303m
 Geology Spring rise. Glacial drift over the Middle Limestone.
 Record Name Burnt mound within ancient alder woodland at spring rise in New Pasture, Braidley, Cover Head.
 Record Description This medium size burnt mound was recognised during the recording of a number of fine old alder coppice and pollards on the southern side of the River Cover at Braidley. The burnt mound which measures approximately 8m * 6m overall is located on a the banks of one of the many spring streams or seepages which drain the north facing slopes of New Pasture.
 Dimensions 8m*6m*.5m high
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 Tree Site ID 0
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
 Additional Notes Much burnt stone visible in mole hills, entirely turf covered. This burnt mound is located within an area of ancient alderwood as indeed were all burnt mounds similarly located withi alder woods at spring flushes or streams on glacial till on the Dale Sides. The significance of alder groves to the Celtic or Druidical Religion is well known and may be a memory of the ritual use of these sweat house sites at spring rises in alder groves during the early bronze age. See Alex Loktionov 2013. The Post Hole Issue 26, pp20-33.'Something for everyone: a ritualistic interpretation of Bronze Age burnt mounds from an ethnographic perspective.
 Image 1 ID 5264         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description This small burnt mound is located within relict alder wood on the south side of the River Cover at Braidley.
 Image 2 ID 5263         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The burnt mound
 Image 3 ID 5261         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The burnt mound
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