We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Gristhorpe Man : an early Bronze Age log-coffin burial scientifically defined.

Melton, N. and Montgomery, J. and Knusel, C.J. and Batt, C. and Needham, S. and Pearson, M.P. and Sheridan, A. and Heron, C. and Horsley, T. and Schmidt, A. and Evans, A. and Carter, E. and Edwards, H. and Hargreaves, M. and Janaway, R. and Lynnerup, N. and Northover, P. and O'Connor, S. and Ogden, A. and Taylor, T. and Wastling, V. and Wilson, A. (2010) 'Gristhorpe Man : an early Bronze Age log-coffin burial scientifically defined.', Antiquity., 84 (325). pp. 796-815.


A log-coffin excavated in the early nineteenth century proved to be well enough preserved in the early twenty-first century for the full armoury of modern scientific investigation to give its occupants and contents new identity, new origins and a new date. In many ways the interpretation is much the same as before: a local big man buried looking out to sea. Modern analytical techniques can create a person more real, more human and more securely anchored in history. This research team shows how.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Gristhorpe, Early Bronze Age, Log-coffin burials, Elite status, Radiocarbon dating, Stable isotope, Metallurgy, Femur.
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd 2010
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:03 August 2011
Date of first online publication:September 2010
Date first made open access:No date available

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Look up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library