Hi Alys and all,
We also have a Late Neolithic pit at Castle Donington Leicestershire with about 50 mainly whole crab apples with 42 cereal grains including wheat and barley and 102 hazel nutshell fragments in a 7 litre sample, all charred with charcoal in the sample dated to 2200-1800 cal BC at 95% confidence. No other indications of ritual.
Unpublished but mentioned in review below, page 266.
Monckton A. 2006 Environmental Archaeology in the East Midlands In N. Cooper (ed.) The Archaeology of the East Midlands: An Archaeological Resource Assessment and Research Agenda. Leicester Archaeology Monograph 13, University of Leicester Archaeological Services, 2006, 259-286.
Best Wishes, Angela
Angela Monckton, Environmental Archaeologist,
University of Leicester Archaeological Services.
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Subject: Re: Malus endocarp
We also found charred Malus seeds, whole and half crab apples and lots of endocarp fragments from a grooved ware pit at Clifton Quarry in south Worcestershire, also believed to be a ritual assemblage because of the association with stone hand axes and various metal finds. We think the material amounted to 40 to 50 crab apples (from a 190L sample). Also in the same sample was a large quantity of charred barley grains (7,539) and charcoal fragments dominated by Maloideae. The interpretation was similar to the previous emails.
It's interesting to hear of other specific sites. I can send you a copy of the report if you are interested.
Senior Environmental Archaeologist
Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service Woodbury Hall University of Worcester Henwick Grove Worcestershire WR2 6AJ
Tel: 01905 855495
Fax: 01905 855035