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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 6  1866  page 170

  ACCOUNT OF THE SOCIETY'S RESEARCHES IN THE SAXON CEMETERY AT SARR (SARRE) Part 2

twenty-seven inches in length; an umbo over the face, and two spear-heads by the left shoulder.
Nos. LXXII.—LXXIV. contained two knives, a fragment of a comb, an iron buckle, and a broken umbo

No. LXXV.—A woman’s grave. Several beads in the centre, two of amethyst; two small bronze buckles, some keys, a bronze pin,1 and a broken knife.
No. LXXVI.—A woman’s grave. A fine collection of beads, with some broken keys and a knife. The beads in this and the last grave are very various; discoid, cylindrical, conical (single and double), pentagonal, and spherical. They are prettily coloured

and curiously marked and designed, the predominating hues being red, blue, brown, green, and yellow.
Nos. LXXVII—LXXX.—Only a few pieces of iron and two small fragments of bronze.

No. LXXXI.—Disturbed; the deepest grave opened at Sarr, being six feet from the surface. Its length was nine feet, and its width nearly five. At the head of the grave was a small bronze pin, a spear-head with its ferule, both broken, and apparently before burial; part of a shield-brace. A small piece of yellow clay, about the size of a walnut, was found on the chalk floor of the grave.
No. LXXXII.—Disturbed; no relics.

1 [Further cleaning has revealed a very peculiar shape to this pin, the point of which is bent back into a barb or hook, not unlike that of a modern crochet-needle. The woodcut shows this inverted points as well as a small indentation in the side of the pin, neither of which, I think, are traceable to accident or decay. The latter is hollowed into the side opposite the hook, and may have served as a guide or rest to the forefinger in its use. Can we suppose our Saxon ancestresses to have been educated in the mysteries of crochet ? Or may not this very delicate hook have been intended for pulling threads through the stitches, before the invention of eyed needles, as a finer and easier substitute for the tweezers which are supposed to have been so used? —T. G. F.]

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