A number of burnt mounds, generally represented by oval, crescentic or kidney-shaped deposits of charcoal and heat shattered stone, found in close proximity to a stream or other water source, have been recorded from a variety of
Later Bronze Age contexts within the British Isles. A few of the more elaborately structured burnt mounds have been interpreted as specialized cooking or food preparation sites, areas of salt production or textile manufacture or
as prehistoric saunas or sweat houses. Its been a while since I looked at burnt mounds, but the best references were (and may still be!?!):
Barfield, L. and Hodder, M. 1987 Burnt mounds as saunas and the prehistory of bathing. Antiquity 61, 370-9.
Barfield, L. and Hodder, M. 1989 Burnt Mounds in the West Midlands : Survey and Excavation. In A.Gibson (ed) Midlands Prehistory. British Archaeological Report 204, 5-13.
Drisceoil, D. 1988 Burnt mounds: Cooking or bathing? Antiquity 62, 671-80.
Ehrenberg, M. 1991 Some aspects of the distribution of burnt mounds. In M.Hodder and L.Barfield (eds), 41-58.
Hedges, J. 1975 Excavation of two Orcadian burnt mounds at Liddle and Beaquoy. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries Scotland 106, 39-98.
Hodder, I and Barfield, L. Burnt mounds and hot stone technology. Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.
O'Kelly, M. 1954 Excavations and experiments in ancient Irish cooking places. Journal of the Royal Scottish Antiquaries Ireland 84, 105-55.
Hope this helps!
> Hello everyone!
> I have recently found and excavated a Burnt Mound during a watching brief on the bank of an old course of the River Witham in Lincolnshire. Pottery from within the associated firepit was identified as being c. 1750BC in date.
> I was wondering if anyone could would be able to tell me of any published material on these monuments as I can't seem to find anything!
> Mark Allen