Upton Lovell 'Golden' BarrowUpton Lovell G2e, also know as 'Golden Barrow' is an Early Bronze Age round barrow which originally measured 20m in diameter and stood at least 3m in height. It was excavated by William Cunnington in 1803 and again in 1807.
The primary burial was a cremation contained in an oblong cist or stone-lined box, unaccompanied by any grave goods. Subsequently two other cremations had been buried very close together near the top of the mound, one of them in another small stone cist. They were accompanied by very rich grave goods, some of which are characteristic of a female burial - a necklace of over 1000 amber beads with spacer plates, a necklace of 13 gold drum-shaped beads, a large gold oblong plaque decorated with incised lines, a large conical button of shale covered in sheet gold, two other gold buttons, a grape cup, a large collared urn with a smaller vessel inside, a bronze dagger and a bronze awl.
The importance of the Golden Barrow grave lies partly in its great wealth. It is unique however in that the persons buried with the wealth were buried in an already existing barrow and did not have a barrow specially built for them.
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