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Bekesbourne Grave 16

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posted on 10.11.2021, 14:48 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Largish tumulus; grave about three feet deep. The bones were almost gone the coffin had been very thick, and some of its remains were perfect enough for us to discover from the grain of them that it was made of oak; it had passed the fire. About halfway down were found some sherds of a beautiful patera, of the fine coralline earth; but we were not lucky enough to meet with the impression or stamp of the name of the maker, which is usually imprinted on this sort of vessels. This utensil (of great antiquity) was certainly destroyed at the interment of the person for whom this tumulus was raised. Here were also found some sherds of a large coarse urn or ossuary, broken, no doubt, at the same time.

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