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Kingston Down Grave 105

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posted on 10.11.2021, 15:31 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Tumulus much smaller than the last; the grave pointing to the east; but not above two feet deep. Here were the bones of a child, almost decayed: the skeleton appeared to be not above three feet in length. It had a coffin, which did not appear to have passed the fire. Near the left hip was a small, and almost spherical urn of black earth; it was broken in getting out. In it was an iron ringle, of about one inch diameter, which had two wheel-like, flattish, large earthen beads, and a gravel stone or pebble of the same size and shape as the beads, fastened to it by little iron axles: no doubt but it was a toy[1] or plaything of the child's. The same blow which destroyed the urn broke the iron work of the little oddity; but by putting the pieces together, the figure of it appeared just as I have represented it.[2] Here was also just such an arrow-head as is represented at No. 94: the blade of a knife, and several nails.[1]See Browne's Urn Burial, p. 9: see also Philosophical Transactions, vol. xlix, part 2, p. 503, for an account of toys found in the sepulchres of children. - B.F.[2]The cuts [below] are prepared from Mr. Faussett's drawings. The size of the urn is not mentioned.- C.R.S.


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