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Crundale Grave E

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posted on 10.11.2021, 14:58 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
And this last October, 1713, his lordship made another attempt; and we were so successful as to meet with a grave, after much digging, whose side walls and ends were of firm, close chalk, in its natural situation. This had three urns in it, two of which stood at the right side of the body, one by the skull, the other by the shoulder (see Nos. 5 and 6). These stood, not perpendicular, but with their orifices dipping a little towards the east; which position Mr Moreton, in his History of Northamptonshire, p. 530, observes some other ancient urns to have had. Though it is possible the ancients might have no regard to the quarters of the heavens, but merely to the situation of the earth, by laying the feet of the body downwards, with the declivity of the hill, as these were, and the urns leaning towards the head. The third urn (No. 7) was placed by the left knee.

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