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posted on 10.11.2021, 14:56 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Middle-sized tumulus; grave about three feet deep. Bones pretty perfect; the coffin had passed the fire, and appeared to have been pretty thick. Near the neck was a silver pin [M 6734], having a small garnet, set in a golden socket, on each side of its head, which is flattened longitudinally; a blue bead [M 6735], strung on a twisted gold wire. I take this to have been a pendent ornament for the neck. Near the right hip was the blade of a knife; at the feet were the remains of a wooden box; and among them were two brass hinges [M 6732] and two brass hasps [M 6733]; a brass instrument, which I take to have been a kind of whistle [M 6729];[1] much burnt wood like charcoal; and a great many oyster shells were found in getting down. This certainly was a woman's grave.[1]See Kingston, No. 299; and Sibertswold, Nos. 24 and 151. I have previously suggested that what Mr. Faussett calls \a whistle\" may have been a kind of padlock.- C.R.S."

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Date excavated

October 21st, 1773

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Faussett 1856

Page number

173-4

Sonia Hawkes description

Middle-sized tumulus; grave about 2 1/2 feet deep. Bones pretty perfect: the coffin had passed the fire, and appeared to have been pretty thick. Oyster shells in fill. Woman.Near the neck: 1) a silver pin, having a small garnet, set in a golden socket, on each side of its head, which is flattened logitudinally. 2) a blue bead strung on a twisted gold wire.Near the right hip: 3) the blad of a knifeAt the feet: the remains of a wooden box; and among them were: 4 & 5) two brass hinges, 6 &7) two brass hasps, 8) brass \whistle\""

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