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Kingston Down Grave 111

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posted on 10.11.2021, 15:31 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
A large tumulus; the grave full four feet deep, and wide in proportion; its feet pointing to the east. The bones were greatly decayed: the coffin appeared not to have passed the fire. Here was the head of an hasta or spear, on the left side; also the head of an arrow, as it seemed; it has some wood adhering to its strig. At the feet, on the right side, was a small brass ferrule [M 6175], with some wood and an iron spike in it. If it had been found on the same side with the head of the spear, I should, perhaps, have imagined it to have belonged to it; but that it is much too small for the ferrule of a spear, or indeed, of a pilum;[1] but as it lay on the opposite side, I think I shall not be much mistaken if I suppose it to be the bottom of a walking-stick. Some nails and other bits of iron.[1]Mr. Faussett probably intended to write jaculum or spiculum; the pilum was one of the most formidable spears of the Roman infantry. – C.R.S.


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