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Sibertswold Downs Grave 10
online resourceposted on 2021-11-10, 14:43 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Under the last mentioned tumulus. The grave was about three feet deep, and was parted from the last only by a thin wall of the rock chalk, in its natural position, about six inches thick. This grave was on the southern or right side of the last mentioned. The bones were almost gone; the coffin, which appeared to have been very thick, had passed the fire. Near the neck were twelve small beads, of different colours; they were most of them made of baked earth, and some of them glass, like those found and described by me heretofore. One small flattish green bead, on a slender silver ring [M 6388]; doubtless an ear-ring, several of which I have also found and described at their proper places. The blade of a knife, as before; and several small pieces of iron, of the use of which no judgment could be formed. At the feet, but a little beyond them, there was much dust of rotten wood, which did not appear to have passed the fire, as the coffin had certainly done. This certainly was the remains of a small arca, or box, such as I have before often found. Among the dust was a piece of iron, which, I imagine, served as a kind of hasp for the box. An iron instrument [M6389], like several heretofore found at other places, but always, and without exception, with the remains of such like boxes, and never but in women's graves (see No. 52, Gilton; and No. 142, Kingston; a small nail or, two, and some very small bits of iron. A woman's grave.
Date excavatedJuly 13th, 1772
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