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Kingston Down Grave 25

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posted on 10.11.2021, 15:30 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Tumulus and grave much as the last. Bones very perfect; teeth sound and even; burnt coffin. A very common copper coin of Probus, of the third size. On one side is his head, radiated, and this legend, PROBUS. P.F. AVG. On the reverse is a woman, standing, who holds a military ensign in each hand, with this legend, FIDES MILITVM; in the exergue is a thunderbolt between the letters R. E.[1] Here was a piece of a pair of brass nippers: the blade of a knife: some nails; and other pieces of iron.[1]The graves in which these coins were deposited were probably those of females. Small brass Roman coins are not unfrequently found in the graves both of Saxon and Frankish females, perforated, for suspension on the person. See Collectanea Antiqua, vol. ii, pl. xxxv and pl. xxxix.- C.R.S.

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