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Sibertswold Downs Grave 18
online resourceposted on 10.11.2021, 14:42 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Pretty large tumulus; the grave was full five feet deep. The bones were remarkably firm; and the teeth were very white, sound and even, as of a young person. The coffin seemed to have been very thick and much burnt. Near the skull was a large brass acus crinalis, or pin for the hair [M 6451]; the top of it, which is a little wrought on one of its flat sides, seems to have been intended to represent two small animals, like monkeys, sitting upright on their posteriors, taking hold of each other's fore paws and kissing each other: it is two inches and a half long. Near the neck were fourteen amethyst beads [M 6452], much like those found by me heretofore, and described at their proper places, except that these are somewhat larger and of a finer colour; one large and one small bead; a piece of thin silver ornament or pendant for the neck; an iron instrument nine inches long exclusive of the ringle, exactly like several others which I found at Kingston and Ash, and never but in women's graves; a pair of iron shears, as at No. 2; and the blades of two knives. A woman's grave.Mr. Fairholt, as the engraving referred to will shew, has seen this hair-pin with an eye somewhat less imaginative.- C.R.S.
Date excavatedJuly 13th, 1772
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