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Kingston Down Grave 121
online resourceposted on 10.11.2021, 15:31 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
A very large tumulus, and a very wide and deep grave, with its feet pointing to the east. The bones were much decayed; the coffin was much burnt. Near the neck were no less than eight amethyst drops of ear-rings (or perhaps beads, as at No. 6): five beads of different colours: one other small green glass bead, strung upon a small brass ring [M 6169]; two small pieces of brass wire bent into the shape of an S [M 6167]. These were, all of them, near the neck. On the right side were several very small brass ringles mixed with rusty iron. On the left arm was a brass armilla or bracelet [M 6171]; I say on it, because the bones of the arm were in it when found. Here were also a great many twisted iron links, much like those described at No. 13, which plainly appeared to have been fastened to the chain, though the links which composed it were so rotten that they would not hold each other together. Here were also the blades of two knives. At the feet, and on the outside of the coffin, were the remains of a small four-square box, about six inches long and four inches broad, as near as I could guess. It seemed to have been made of box, and was adorned or strengthened with brass gilded corner pieces [M 6369], little staples, etc. We found nothing in it or near it, except one end and a few teeth of an ivory comb [M 6168]; it had been mended with a small thin piece of brass. Here were also several nails. Certainly a woman's grave.
Date excavated23rd July, 1771
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