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Chartham Down Grave 34

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posted on 10.11.2021, 14:56 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Middle-sized tumulus; grave nearly three feet deep. The bones were almost gone; no appearance of any coffin. Between the left hip and knee of the skeleton lay a sort of an iron chain, consisting of four links, each in the shape of a figure of 8 [M 6638]. At each end of the chain is a ringle. To one of these ringles hangs a long twisted hook, eight inches in length; to the other ringle hangs another twisted hook, about seven inches long; and a smaller hook, or broken link (for I cannot tell which), two inches and three-quarters long. The links are about three-eighths of an inch in diameter. The two long hooks are about half an inch, and the short one about a quarter of an inch in diameter; the ringles are about two inches over. The whole is about two feet eight inches long.[1] There was also found the blade of a knife, in shape not much unlike a pruning-knife. This grave was close to the side of the road.[1]This implement appears to have been a hanger and hooks for suspending pots over a fire. - C.R.S.

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