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Kingston Down Grave 96

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posted on 2021-11-10, 15:29 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Tumulus and grave much as the last; coffin much burnt: the bones almost gone. Near the neck were six slender silver rings, with sliding knots, as before: seven beads of baked earth, of different colours, as before: as also an amethyst drop of an ear-ring, as at No. 6, and a beautiful golden amulet, or ornament for the neck [M 6160]. The face of it is elegantly corded with a sort of double cross, one of which is what the heralds term furchée; the other is a plain one. In the centre is a blue stone: I take it to be an hyacinth. It is full one and a quarter inch broad; and has a loop of the same metal to pass a string through: it weighs 02dwt. 18gr. Near the hips was a brass box [M 6159], very like our common dredging boxes. It is two and a quarter inches high; two inches diameter; and, both top and sides, very full of small holes.[1] It was, doubtless, designed to hold perfumes. When found, it was full of some rotten dark-coloured substance, which, together with the bottom (which was also full of holes), fell out, on its removal from its place: it had no smell: I count it a great curiosity. Here was, also, a brass shank of a small buckle. A woman's grave.[1]These are not holes, but raised dots made by punching the inner side of the metal. The box itself appears to have been intended for pins, needles, and such small implements used for female attire.- C.R.S.

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