Drawing of the Catlow Bronze-Age spear by J.Wilcock.
Then the author goes on to explain the finds at Catlow. "The most interesting discovery, a burial site, was made at Catlow stone quarry in March 1854" by Captain Sagar's workmen. Hindle goes on to say that "two or three earthenware urns were met with a little below the surface when clearing earth for the flagstone rock". "The urns [probably collared Pennine type] were perfect and measured 14 inches in depth and 9 inches in diameter at the mouth, with considerable swelling at the centres". He says "they are formed of very course earthenware unglazed and very slighly baked". "The urns contained calcined bones, pieces of charcoal, and soft dark earth". "Most of the bones, supposedly human, are mixed with others belonging to a horse and some lesser animals". Only one of the urns survived due to rough handling by the quarry workers at Catlow who damaged the urns with their picks; one of these urns was Middle Bronze-Age in date, the other two were considered to be food vessels. Hindle says that "a rude piece of flint was found amongst the bones, but from its decayed state, it is not easy to determine whether it had been an arrowhead". "Two ivory bodkins were found at the same time; they were exceedingly friable, either from age or having been subjected to the action of a fire before being deposited into the urns".
In more recent times, probably 1954, another urn was dug up from beneath the stone forecourt at the front of Catlow Row. This was considered to be very similar to those found at Catlow quarry close by. This urn remains buried where it was found (in situ).
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