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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 35  1921  page 2
A ROMAN CEMETERY DISCOVERED AT OSPRINGE IN 1920. By W. Whiting continued

were found in the wide-mouthed urns than in most of the smaller vessels.
   About twenty burials were encountered within a space of about 30 ft. by 20 ft.. The accompanying plan shews the complete area excavated, except that the trench 2 ft. wide on the north, and that 6 ft. wide on the west, extended 4 ft. further in each case, but without resulting in any finds. The plan shews also the relative situations of the burials, and, the whole of the vessels having been carefully measured and drawn (as far as the fragments permit in some cases), it will not be necessary in the following report to describe their form in full, since this is shewn by the illustrations; they need only be grouped, and special items of interest recorded.
   The writer would here express his most sincere thanks to Mr. Thos. May, F.S.A., for practically all the particulars now recorded respecting this pottery. From potsherds and full-size drawings submitted to him, he has kindly given descriptions of the vessels and
 the clays of which they are made, furnished the references quoted to similar and dated 

pieces of pottery, adding to other interesting information:  "The excellence in shape, ornamentation and technique of the cordoned vessels (Nos. 7, 8, 11, 12, 16, 22, 24, 32, and 33) indicates that, if the ware was not imported from Gallia Belgica, the potters of Kent preserved the late Celtic tradition and skill to a later date than did those in other parts of Britain."
   The first discovery was made on the 15th April. Some workmen, engaged in digging a hole about 20 ft. long by 7 ft. wide and 4 ft. deep, came across the pieces of pottery numbered 1 to 6, all more or less broken. It was not until some months afterwards, when the fragments (mostly thought to belong to Nos. 1 and 3) were being cleaned and pieced together, that it became evident there must have been double this number of pots disturbed.
   The position of the identified pots was noted, but, on recognizing more vessels among the fragments, it was considered preferable to letter, instead of number, those pieces

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