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Guilton Grave 40
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Grave as the last, and about three feet deep. Black remains of a coffin: bones nearly gone: head of an hasta, on the right side of the coffin: an hemispherical umbo: four broad-headed iron studs: cylinder for the handle: two brass buckles, with open fork-like shanks [M 6056 & M 6057]: two bits of doubled brass, with a rivet through them, as if they had been fixed to some leather, perhaps to the end of some straps: the blade of a large knife, or perhaps of a short sword or dagger; it was about nine inches long, exclusive of the strig, and like that described at No. 12: the blades of two smaller knives: a pretty fair copper coin of Antoninus Pius, with the head laureated, and this legend, ANTONINVS. AVG. PIVS. P.P.; on the reverse, Mars marching, with a trophy on his left shoulder, and a spear in his right hand; and this legend, TR. POT. cos. III. s.c.: it is of the middle brass, and very common. At the feet, on the outside of the coffin, was an urn of black earth, with a very narrow neck, and capable of holding about a quart: it was so very soft and rotten that, though it had not received a stroke from a spade, it could not have been taken out whole.
Date excavated11th and 12th of April, 1760
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