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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 7  1868  page 320

ACCOUNT OF THE SOCIETY'S RESEARCHES IN THE SAXON CEMETERY AT SARR (SARRE) Part 3

but smaller design in pottery, upon a Roman earthen vessel, lately found near the Folkestone Road at Dover, and now in the Museum there.
   The pottery from Sarr was not remarkable, if we except the two beer-jug-shaped vessels, with lips and handles, from graves CLVII. and CLXVIII., and the very elegant black earthen vase from grave LXX.
   The proportion of clasp ornarnents, or fibulae was small. The circular fibula found by Mr. Matson, the fine cruciform fibula from grave CLIX., and the archaic ornament from the narrow grave CXXVI. are, with the gold-plated buckle from grave LXVIII, perhaps all that deserve special mention.
   The bone counters or draughtsmen., from graves VI. and CXCVIII., and the two dice which accompanied those from the latter, are notable as illustrating that wonderful passion for gaming which Tacitus mentions as prevalent amongst the Teutonic tribes.1
   The state of the human bones exhibited much variety. In some instances the skeleton was preserved entire, down to

 the smallest bones of the toes and fingers. In others scarcely a trace was apparent, beyond, perhaps, a few teeth, a fragment of the jaw-bone, or parts of the femora. On the whole, perhaps, the bones of old, persons were best preserved; the tender bones of children rarely remained. I never found a child’s skull; yet the crania of adults had been generally amongst the last bones to perish, although the part resting on the floor of the grave was almost always decayed.2   Bodily health


1 "Aleam, quod mirere, sobrii inter seria exercent tanta lucrandi perdendive temeritate, ut, cum omnia defecerunt, extremo ac novissimo jactu de libertate et de corpore contendant."—De Mor. Germ. sect. Xxiv.
2 M. Delasse is of opinion that the azote in bones varies with their antiquity, assigning about thirty per cent. of this substance to bones buried a century since, twenty-two per cent. to those of the era of Julius Caesar, and eighteen per cent. to very ancient bones. (See Lyell’s ‘Antiquity of Man.’) Various causes, however, contribute to disturb this calculation, and small reliance can be placed upon it, The state of preservation

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