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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 3  1860  page 43

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

such as those of the more costly kinds, evince good taste in design, and wonderful manipulatory power; and we have only to behold them, to enlarge and exalt our notions respecting, at least, the artistic refinement of our Anglo-Saxon forefathers.
   There is one point of view in which, I think, our Saxon antiquities have hardly been sufficiently studied. It is that which arises from the localities where they have been brought to light; and a consideration of the state of those localities during the early Anglo-Saxon epoch. I need not enumerate here all the places where the richest remains have been found; but I will restrict myself to a few, and mention, Barham Downs, Breach Downs, Kingston, Gilton, Woodnesborough, Adisham, Sittingbourne, Faversham, Sarre, and Minster. It is, I submit, clear that populations which included wealthy and powerful persons must, at very early times, close after the withdrawal of the Romans, have grouped themselves round these spots over a considerable 

period of time. Now it is important to be observed that we do not discover these rich remains in and about the ancient towns. Canterbury, the metropolis of Kent, reveals Roman remains only; but a few miles from it are evidences of regal splendour in the graves at Kingston. Gilton, now a small village, must have been the residence of persons of high position and of affluence; and so with Sarre, Minster, and numerous other places now of little account. The inference to be drawn is, that the Roman population remained undisturbed in the towns; and that the Saxon chiefs established themselves in the rural districts, surrounded by their dependants, colonizing the country far and wide, implanting their own laws and institutions while availing themselves of much of Roman civilization. The Roman Durobrovis was not occupied: it still remained a walled town; but the Catti settled to the east of it; and while no Saxon remains


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