Skeletons and jewellery in square barrows come from Iron Age East Yorkshire tribe, say archaeologists

By Ben Miller Published: 31 March 2015

Skeletons, bangles, brooches and jewellery found at site of tribe in Iron Age East Yorkshire

A photo of a small jagged brown knife on a white towel next to a museum label in ink
Prehistoric jewellery has been found in Pocklington, East Yorkshire© Courtesy MAP
Archaeologists say dozens of square barrows found in an East Yorkshire market town contained the skeletons and goods of people from the Arras Culture, living in the region in the Middle Iron Age between the 1st century BC and the Roman invasion.

A set of excavations at Burnby Lane, in Pocklington, have investigated 16 barrows and revealed a further ten during construction works to create housing.

“We already know that the area has prehistoric heritage, so we’re very interested to discover what these findings could reveal about prehistoric society and, of course, what we can learn about our ancestors,” says Paula Ware, of MAP Archaeology Practice.

A photo of a small long thin knife-like object on a white square
© Courtesy MAP
“Some of the square barrows have contained finds including bangles and brooches typical of the Middle to Late Iron Age in Eastern Yorkshire.

“The finds are now being conserved and stabilised for display purposes in the future and it is this information in particular that will provide a detailed insight into the lives and environment of the Arras Culture in the area of Pocklington.

“The excavations are the most extensive archaeological works undertaken to date in Pocklington and the results will make a major contribution to the study of the Iron Age practices.”

A photo of a small circular yellow archaeological discovery on a white piece of paper
© Courtesy MAP
Ware shared the discoveries with the local community in a talk at the local arts centre, described as “captivating” by the local newspaper and held partly to encourage residents to ensure trespassers stay away from the site.

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