probably once present in the grave. The position of the
finds indicated that the grave had not been disturbed.
Worked flints of Mesolithic type were found frequently on the
site. The area investigated, however, had not suffered any disturbance,
other than that caused by the grave digging, until within living memory a
series of chicken houses, now removed, was erected on the field.
Two shallow gullies, only a few inches deep into the subsoil,
intruded on the south side of the area investigated. They were cleared
within this area but their age could not be determined with certainty. A
tiny chip of modern china was found in the fill of the north gully and it
is possible that the clay fill is the result of drainage from the roofs of
the chicken houses mentioned above, which had dissolved the chalk to a
slight depth. It must be added that the fragment is so tiny and the gully
so shallow that it could be an accidental intrusion. The gullies are
neither perfectly aligned nor right-angled and no grave was found in the
area within them. The possibility of a connection between these gullies
and the cemetery cannot be ruled out and must await the further clearing
of the area when it might be possible to determine the stratigraphical
relationship between the two.
Throughout the area investigated there was a fair scattering
of pottery sherds both in the topsoil and in the grave fill.
of these is a much worn fragment of Samian ware and another a fragment
of Romano-British wheel-turned pottery. Two or three fragments may
well be Bronze or Iron Age but otherwise these sherds present no unusual
features, consisting invariably of hand-made, calcite gritted, poorly
fired red and black ware. In no case has it been possible to hazard the
shape of a complete pot from any of these fragments.
INVENTORY OF THE BURIALS
In the following inventory the alignment of the graves is
indicated, by a bearing from true north taken along the line of the
grave from head to feet. Thus a reading of 90 deg. indicates an
east-west burial with the head at the westerly end of the grave. The
depth of the grave is given from the present land surface; it is
unlikely that there has been any great change in this since Saxon times.
The position of the finds in the is given as from the position of the
GRAVE 1. A well-built man; 5 ft. 10 in.; 50 years of age;
skeleton in good condition; well marked evidence of widespread osteo-arthritis;
supine, full length, arms straight, head pillowed; 101 deg. 1ft. 10 in.
Finds. An iron shield-boss (Fig. 3, No. 4) by
the left elbow. The shield had been inserted vertically into the grave.
The boss and its accompanying grip (Fig. 3, No. 3) were found by