Agora Deposit: C 9:13
Title:   Urn cremation
Category:   Burial
Description:   Grave 6 in notebook (E.L. Smithson: Grave XXII: PG). Bones discarded. Urn cremation (trench-and-hole).
Roughly rectangular trench cut through hard earth into bedrock to a depth of about 0.35m, approximately 1m long and 0.50m wide. Trench oriented southeast-northwest, with the urn-hole adjoining the southeast corner. The ground around the mouth of the trench, its rims and walls, were reddened and baked hard by burning in situ. The urn-hole (diameter ca. 0.34m and about 0.35m deep- was evidently cut after the fire had subsided, not quite deep enough to conceal the full height of the cinerary urn below the floor of the trench. A fire-hardened mudbrick, 0.23m square and 0.08-0.09m thick, formed a barrier between the urn and the trench.
The rectangular trench yielded pyre refuse that was recovered in two distinct layers. The uppermost layer , to a depth of 0.20m, was characterized by loose blackened earth mixed with ash and charcoal. The lower stratum, 0.15m deep, comprised hard burned earth with pieces of cremated bone and carbonized matter.
Notes:   Neg. 6-325
Bibliography:   Hesperia 6 (1937), p. 368.
    Agora XXXVI, Tomb 52, pp. 358-370, figs. 2.180, 2.251-2.256, pl. IV.
Chronology:   Late Protogeometric
Date:   3, 6 February 1936
12 June 1936
Section:   ΠΘ
Grid:   ΠΘ:6/ΝΖ
References:   Publication: Hesperia 6 (1937)
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