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Sibertswold Downs Grave 180

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posted on 10.11.2021, 14:42 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
No tumulus; grave about three feet deep; bones almost gone; no appearance of any coffin. Near the neck were one silver and one brass ring[M 6551?], with sliding knots, as often before; six small beads; a silver pin for the hair [M 6539], having two small garnets neatly set in its head, namely, one on each side; and an ivory, or bone, double comb, with two cases of the same to cover its teeth, which are very fine; it was broken to pieces in removing. Lower down, was a pair of iron shears, as before; and many links of a small iron chain. Between the legs, near the feet, was a wooden box, as before; among the remains of which was its brass lock [M 6381]; and a small iron instrument (several of which sort I have met with before, and described in their places), which I now begin to think was a key; another small iron instrument, likewise often described before; another; an iron hasp of the lock [M 6541]; a concha Veneris, or cowry shell [M 6538];[1] and a lump of rotten leather, to which were riveted two little silver hasps [M 6540];[2] also several more links of a small iron chain, and some other small bits of iron. A woman's grave.[1]One was found in a grave at Kingston, No. 142, and another in a grave near Wingham, excavated under the direction of Lord Albert Conyngham; Archæologia, vol. xxx, p. 551.- C.R.S.[2]For a fuller account of such another piece of leather, see Beakesbourn, Nos. 30 and 38. - B.F.


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9th August, 1772


Faussett 1856

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