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posted on 2021-11-10, 15:30 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Tumulus and grave much as the last. The bones were very much decayed; the coffin did not appear to have passed the fire. The head of a small spear or arrow, as at No. 94: a patera of fine coralline earth [M 6254]; it is six inches wide, and (foot and all) about two inches deep; it is impressed in the centre of its inside with the letters \OF. CAII.\"; viz. officina Caii; it was found near the head.[1] Here were also two brass studs [M 6252 & M 6253] with wrought or figured heads: the blade of a knife: five small narrow brass plates as at No. 164; and some nails and bits of iron.[1]The remark made in note 1 on p. 31 may be referred to. The great beauty of form and colour as well as the excellence of the material of the Roman red lustrous pottery must have caused it to be used and prized for centuries after its manufacture had ceased. It is not an uncommon incident to find a specimen at the present day here and there in cottages and country houses in Kent. The name of the maker of the dish before us Caius occurs in three forms in the list of Roman potters' stamps discovered in London. See Collectanea Antiqua vol. i p.151 - C.R.S." may be referred to. The great beauty of form and colour


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