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Kingston Down Grave 185

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posted on 10.11.2021, 15:30 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Tumulus and grave much as the last. The bones were very much decayed; the coffin had been burnt. Near the head were four small brass clasps, or corner-pieces of a box, as at No. 121; two small hollow conical brass pins, gilt with gold. I find, by Montfaucon,[1] that they are the pointed ends of an ivory bodkin, with which the women used to part their hair. Here were also the blades of two knives, and some nails. A woman's grave.[1]Antiquite Expliquée, translated by Humphreys, vol. v, p. 51. This reference points to an account of a discovery, made at Rome, of a sepulchral interment which contained an urn of alabaster, in which were enclosed, among ashes, \twenty little balls or globes of rock crystal; a gold ring one of those needles or bodkins called acus discriminales made of ivory and pointed with gold at both ends; an ivory comb and some small fragments of gold among the ashes.\" Among the Roman remains found in London and now in my possession is a bone pin two inches and three-quarters in length neatly tipped with gold. The crystal balls found at Rome are also worthy of note in relation with those found in the Saxon graves.- C.R.S."

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