Dartmoor tomb treasure hoard uncovered
|The chamber, known as a cist, was found on Whitehorse Hill, near Chagford [Credit: BBC]|
Dartmoor National Park archaeologists have called it the most important ancient find on the moor. When they levered off the chamber's lid they discovered an intact burial of cremated remains.
|The coiled bag has been specially cleaned [Credit: BBC]|
Jane Marchand, Dartmoor National Park's chief archaeologist, said: "Visibly it's not as impressive as Stonehenge, but archaeologically it's just as important. It was incredibly exciting to lift the lid and a bead fell out."
|The team is awaiting DNA results to identify what animal the pelt came from [Credit: BBC]|
Helen Williams, a conservator at the lab, said: "The level of preservation we have got is amazing. We're awaiting DNA results on the pelt so we can identify what animal it might have come from. Amazing doesn't really do them justice. It's the most extraordinary assortment of finds with tin beads and wooden ear studs."
Mystery of the Moor, a BBC Inside Out South West programme, is on BBC One on Friday at 19.30 GMT.
Source: BBC News Website [February 07, 2014]