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Bishopsbourne Grave 5

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posted on 2021-11-10, 14:52 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
This tumulus was of about the middle size. Many loose bones appeared in different directions as soon as we had taken the turf from its crest; and continued to be found in much the same manner all the way down to the last interred skeleton, which was found undisturbed at the depth of about two feet and a half below the natural surface, laying, like those found under the four already mentioned tumuli, with its feet pointing to the east; with the skeleton was found nothing but the iron blade of a small knife, exactly like many already described. If one may judge from the number of skulls (or rather parts of them) found here, this tumulus must have contained the remains of at least six different persons, all of them, it is likely, of the same family; among them were found several small pieces of broken rusty iron, and many oyster shells. The entire skeleton appeared very plainly to have been deposited in a very thick unburnt coffin.


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