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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 3  1860  page 37

On Anglo-Saxon Remains Discovered Recently in various Places in Kent continued

collection of Mr. Gibbs of Faversham, the value of which must be admitted and appreciated by all who have attended the annual congresses of the Society, at which extensive portions have been exhibited; as well as by the possessors of the first volume of the ‘Archaeologia Cantiana.’
  
The full and true interest of these remains can only be properly estimated when they are seen and studied in connection with the great mass of Anglo-Saxon antiquities which has now been brought together in various publications, the copious illustrations in which admit of comparison, whereby alone a clear notion can be obtained of the extent and the peculiarities of the various’ classes, their relationship to each other in various parts of this country; and, somewhat more remotely, to those of cognate races on the Continent. Accumulated facts, diligently collected and carefully studied, have led to the displacement of much theory, and rendered intelligible much which, only a  short time since, was either

not attempted to be explained, or was interpreted erroneously. Of all departments of archaeology, that relating to our Saxon forefathers was the most neglected. Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Etruscan antiquities received due attention from able scholars; and those of Great Britain in general were studied with more or less success; but the remains of the Teutonic races were the last to be discriminated and fully understood. Now, however, simple inductive reasoning has enabled us to speak with some degree of confidence; and it may be safely affirmed, that a hitherto unwritten chapter has been added to our national history in one of its most obscure epochs. As grave by grave yields up its long-buried testimony, some new fact is continually being added to the materials from which historical information is elicited; or facts, if not wholly new, are strengthened and confirmed by additional evidence.

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