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Sibertswold Downs Grave 24

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posted on 10.11.2021, 14:42 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Middle-sized tumulus; grave two feet and a half deep. The coffin, though very thick, was certainly that of a child, it not being above three feet and a half long; it appeared to have been much burnt. Here were found a brass pin with a flatted head: it is an inch and a half long [M 6450]; a kind of double cylinder [M 6449], if I may so call it, of brass. I can no otherwise explain what I mean than by giving its figure; I take it to have been a kind of whistle,[1] or some such toy, for the child to play with; at the feet were found a pair of brass hinges as of a small box [M 6448]; a piece of iron which seemed to have been a hasp to the box and an iron link much like that described at No, 15; as also the blade of a small knife. The grave of a child.[1]Several of these have already been mentioned. Having been in every instance found with the debris of boxes, it is most probable they were locks, of a simple construction, not unlike some in use at the present day.- C.R.S.

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