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Kingston Down Grave 103
online resourceposted on 10.11.2021, 15:31 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
The tumulus and grave much as the last. The bones were pretty perfect; the coffin did not appear to have passed the fire. By the skull were two large blue drops for ear-rings [M 6164]: whether they are of any precious stone, or only glass, I know not; but they are of a most beautiful dark blue. With them were two amethyst drops or beads; as at No. 6, etc.; three small earthen beads, and a little round blue stone, about the size of a small pea; and the silver socket in which it was set, it having been placed, as I imagine, in the centre of a silver amulet, or ornament for the neck, several fragments of such an one being found near it: it seems to be made of the same material as the large blue drops. Here were also several nails. Certainly a woman's grave.There was some stiff hard clay in the bottom of this grave; it must have been. brought hither from some distance. For instances of the like kind (viz., of foreign or adventitious earth, found in tumuli), see Philosophical Transactions, abridged by Martyn, vol. ix, pp. 446-7.
Date excavated23rd July, 1771
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