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Sibertswold Downs Grave 81

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posted on 10.11.2021, 14:42 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Very large tumulus; the grave was full six feet deep. The coffin did not appear to have passed the fire, but seemed to have been very thick and strong; the bones almost gone. On the right side of the head was the head of an hasta, as at No. 58, but not so long; a little lower down, was the conical umbo of a shield; a cross iron, as I have ventured to call it in a former part of this Inventorium Sepulchrale; two broad-headed iron studs; a piece of thin doubled brass, which I imagine to have been at the end of a strap, in order to pass it the more easily through the buckle; or perhaps it might have served only for ornament; a small brass buckle, and shank; the blade of a knife, as before; a small iron buckle and shank, as before; and some nail-like pieces of iron.

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