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Guilton Grave 109

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Date Excavated: 2003\[...] roughly sub-rectangular in shape although its north-eastern end had been cut away by a modern pipe-trench and the top truncated by the earlier terracing. As surviving the grave was a minimum of 2.25 m. long 0.74 m. wide and up to 0.25 m. deep with steep sides and a flat base. Its filling consisted of compact yellow-grey slightly laminated loamy sand with very occasional small black pebbles (context GMA-03-4).\"\"Traces of highly decayed bone occurred on the base in the south-western half of the grave. There was perhaps just sufficient remaining to identify two arm bones and suggest that the head was at the western end - but this cannot be certain. Nor were the decayed bones preserved as soil stains such as occurred with the 'sand men' of Sutton Hoo.\"\"An area of iron staining in the natural sand near the north-east end of the grave could represent the position of an iron grave-object but it was impossible to determine what if anything this might have been. No other finds were recovered from the filling of the grave.\""

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