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posted on 10.11.2021, 15:30 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
The tumulus was scarcely discernible; the grave was about two feet and a half deep. There were the bones of a child, almost gone; the coffin appeared to have been much burnt and very thick; a broad brass ring [M 6269]; two small earthen disci or quoits [M 6267 & M 6268],[1] as I take them to be; some iron links of a small chain, which were rusted to one of the quoits: the blade of a knife, as before; a piece of brass with a ringle through it [M 6270]; several small bits of iron, of which nothing could be made out.[1]These appear to be spindle-whirls to keep the thread of the distaff in tension. Such objects have been found in other Saxon graves, as for instance in No. 299 of the Kingston cemetery: they are likewise often met with among Roman remains.- C.R.S.

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Date excavated

2nd October, 1772

Reference

Faussett 1856

Page number

87

Sonia Hawkes description

Tumulus scarcely discernible. Grave about 2 1/2 feet deep. Bones of a child, almost gone. Coffin 'much burnt' and very thick.Broad brass ring, 2 Spindle whorls, some links of iron chain rusted to one of the whorls, knife blade, bronze instrument with ringle, several small bits of rion of which nothing could be made.

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