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Guilton Grave 1

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posted on 2021-11-10, 15:13 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
The first grave we opened was about two feet and a half deep; it pointed due east and west, with the feet to the east. The skeleton was nearly decayed. On the left side of the skull lay the head of a spear; by its size, I guess it to have been an hasta, it being full eighteen inches long, i. e. from the point to the end of the socket. The point reached but a very little, perhaps two inches, beyond the skull, so that I think it could not, staff and all, exceed the length of six feet. Besides this, there was a small iron buckle; the blade of a knife, about four inches long; and some other small bits of iron, so rusted and broken that nothing could be made of them.

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