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Bekesbourne Grave 43

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posted on 10.11.2021, 14:48 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
This tumulus (the southmost of the three) is very large, but much the smallest of them. It had no more flints in it than what are usually met with. The grave was about four feet deep: from the confused manner in which we found the bones lying in the bottom of it, we were convinced of its having been opened before. Several bones of oxen, as I think, and some sherds of an ossuary, were found in getting down.[1][1]The mixed character of the Beakesbourne tumuli is too obvious to need comment: the large quantities of flints, the fragments of single urns, the bones of animals, and the absence of those objects which signalize Roman and Saxon graves, indicate the Celtic origin of several of them, and, consequently, the early appropriation of the site as a place of sepulture.- C.R.S.


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