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Bishopsbourne Grave 8

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posted on 2021-11-10, 14:52 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
This tumulus was the largest of them; it was about twenty feet diameter at the base, though not above four feet in perpendicular height above the natural surface; the grave was about three feet deep. The bones of the skeleton, which lay at the bottom of it, were very much decayed; yet those of a squirrel, or other small animal (which were found near the right side of the neck or head), were surprisingly strong and firm; and the shell of a remarkably large common brown snail, which lay near the little bones, seemed to be as well preserved as if it had not lain there a month. There were no visible remains of a coffin.


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24th of June, 1771


Faussett 1856

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