An Early Bronze Age cemetery – WF533

A landscape of the dead

The dead from WF100 appear to have been buried to the immediate south of the settlement, where several hundred Early Bronze Age graves are located in a cemetery at WF533. Some of the graves are simple, while others are complex funerary monuments included rectangular structures. It seems likely that this diversity reflects a social differentiation where the more powerful and wealthy were given elaborate burials.

The prominent location of the cemetery and many of the funerary monuments suggest the ancestors buried here may have been used by the people of the settlement at WF100 to legitimise control of the landscape.

 

Location of WF533

The remains of a Bronze Age tomb