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Bekesbourne Grave 42

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posted on 10.11.2021, 14:48 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
This tumulus (the middlemost of the three by the road side) is forty-eight feet in diameter at the base, and nearly seven feet, perpendicular, in height. The whole we found to be composed of flints, like the last. The grave was about four feet deep, and filled up with flints and chalk intermixed. About half way down, was a regular stratum of wood coals and ashes, about two inches thick. No fragments of bones could be perceived among them. The bones of the skeleton lay in so odd a manner that the deceased must, I think, have been laid very carelessly, if not contemptuously, in the grave; or must have been remarkably deformed. Nothing. Several bones of young oxen, as likewise several of their horns, and some sherds of an ossuary were found, both in the tumulus and in the grave. No appearance of a coffin.

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