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Kingston Down Grave 163

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posted on 10.11.2021, 15:30 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Tumulus and grave much as the last. The bones were very sound; the coffin did not appear to have passed the fire. On the right side, on the outside of the coffin, were the heads of an hasta, as at No. 2, and of a pilum, of the usual shape and size; the ferrule or spike of the former [M 6256], and two small brass ferrules, which I imagine belonged to the staff of the latter. Here were also the conical umbo of a shield, as at No. 124; several small iron rivets, as at No. 74. I imagine they belong to the shield; their shanks were about half an inch long, and had rotten wood adhering to them. A handsome brass, or rather white metal buckle and shank [M 6255]; an iron buckle [M 6257]; the blade of a knife and several nails.

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