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Barfrestone Grave 48

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posted 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, and appeared to have been very thick. Near the neck were the five following beautiful pendants or ornaments for it, namely, a large and very beautiful dark red round stone [M 6619], set in gold, with a hoop of the same metal; another much smaller ovalish stone [M 6620], of a somewhat paler red, set also in gold, with a loop, its companion being in every respect like it, except that the stone was lost out when it was found [M 6621]; another small dark red stone, of an oval shape [M 6617], set in gold, with a loop; another triangular dark red stone, set also in gold [M 6618], with a loop like the rest; all of them of very neat and elegant workmanship. Here were also two amethysts, seven small beads, a brass pin for the hair, as I suppose, with a flatted head; and at the feet were two very pretty urns of white glass [M 6596 & M 6640], with sharpish bottoms and corded necks; they are both exactly alike, and are capable of containing rather more than half a pint. Here were also several small pieces of iron. A woman's grave, about four feet deep.


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August 3rd, 1772


Faussett 1856

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Sonia Hawkes description

Middle-sized tumulus. Bones almost gone. Coffin. Grave 4 ft. deep.Grave goods:1 & 2) Two glass vessels, at the feet3) Several small pieces of iron, at the feet4 to 8) Five pendants, near neck9 & 10) Two amethysts11 to 17) Seven small beads18) Bronze pin, near neck

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