Lifting cremations at Lyminge

In my final two days volunteering at Lyminge, we began to excavate the cremations in the center of the Bronze Age barrow. We lifted the four cremations as soil blocks, so they could be properly excavated later in controlled conditions.

Here’s a photo of us cutting around the block to prepare it for excavation (me on the right, with Niall G. from UCL):

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A cremation block, ready to be protected in cling wrap and lifted from the ground:

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Tom G. cutting the soil beneath the block, so a board can be slid beneath it:

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In the end, we successfully lifted all four, and moved them safely into storage!