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Barfrestone Grave 25
online resourceposted on 2021-11-10, 14:43 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Middle-sized tumulus. The bones were almost gone; the coffin had passed the fire. The head of a small pilum, or of an arrow, lay on the left side of the head; about the middle of the grave was a bit of a very thin urn of green glass, broken, I suppose, when this tumulus was raised; also a small brass buckle and shank [M 6600]; and the blade of a knife: at the feet was a narrow-necked urn of whitish earth [M 6595], capable of containing about three pints. In it were three copper Roman coins, namely, one of the Emperor Constantine the Great, with this legend on the reverse, SOLI INVICTO COMITI.; another of Theodosius the Great, with REPARATIO REIPVB. on the reverse; the third had the head of Rome, with INVICTA. ROMA. on one side, and an eagle on its reverse. This last is of the middle size, and the former of the third size; they are all of them very common coins: the grave was about three feet deep.This coin belongs to the Gothic kings of the time of Justinian; and is here of the first importance towards determining the date of the interments. - B.F.
Date excavatedAugust 3rd, 1772
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