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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 3  1860  page 46

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

Mr. Akeman’s ‘Remains of Pagan Saxondom,’ pl. x.; and for other examples the ‘Nenia Britannica,’ pl. xi. and xii. The Bowl, which is probably of Roman manufacture, bears evidence of having been repaired by its later possessors.
   The whole of the objects in these Plates without doubt belonged to the grave of a female, who, from the costly nature of the ornaments, must have been a lady of distinction. From Mr. John Brent’s account of the discovery (published in the ‘Gentleman’s Magazine’ for November, 1860), it appears that two graves were found. Possibly there were three; for the large sword mentioned is indicative of a male of superior rank; and one grave is stated to have contained nothing but bones. The bones of sheep and oxen may have been the remains of a funeral repast.

  PLATE V.—Further examples of personal ornaments from the cemetery at Faversham. From the collection of Mr. William Gibbs.
Figs 1 to 6. Gold pendamits, analogous to, but differing in pattern from, those in the Fausaett collection. engraved in the ‘Inventorium Sepulehrale,’ p1. iv. It is somewhat difficult to say whether the red substance in these jewels is glass or garnet, in several which on former occasions we were enabled to test, they were decidedly garnets cut into thin plates. Mr. Gibbs informs me he considers those in figs. 1 to 3, and 4 and 6, are glass. The blue stones are either turquoise or lapis-lnzuli. Fig. 5 is set with what appears to be fine, streaked marble. Fig. 7. Bead in amethystine quartz. Figs. 8 and 9. Beads in glass and coloured clay.

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