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Sibertswold Downs Grave 69
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Large tumulus; grave very large, and five feet deep; the coffin appeared to have been very thick, and to have passed the fire; the bones were almost gone. Near the head, or rather, the right shoulder, were the remains of two small wooden bowls, or drinking cups as they seemed. One of these was two inches and a half diameter at the rim or lip, which was bound with a narrow brass edging [M 8475]. This vessel appeared, by some of the pieces, to have been wider at the belly and narrower again towards its foot. The other [M 6467]seemed to have been of about the same shape and dimensions; but it had not only a brass edging round its mouth, like the former, but it had also several little narrow fillets of brass which held the edging fast on, and reached about an inch and a quarter both without and within, down the sides, and were riveted together through the side of the vessel with three small rivets each: there were, also, many little brass staples, each about five-eighths of an inch long; these seem to have been riveted into the sides of it in order to mend some cracks or other deficiencies, being placed in no regular order. I think they were drinking cups, and might have contained about a pint each. Below the feet of the grave was exactly such an iron instrument as is described at No. 10; the iron handle and clasp of a box, as before; and some rotten wood, which had not passed the fire, as of a box.That the ancients made some of their drinking cups of wood may be gathered from a passage in Virgil, Eclog. iii, 36. The Germans, Caesar tells us, highly esteemed the horns of the beasts called uri, and made them into cups, which they bound with silver:-\hæc ss studiose conquisita ab labris argento circumcludunt atque in amplissimis epulis pro us poculis utuntur.\" Bell. Gall. lib. vi cap. 28. - B.F."
Date excavatedJuly 17th, 1772
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