wood and they stretched away from the skull in a line, in
GRAVE 38. A young person, sex unknown; about 12 years of age;
supine, full length, arms straight; 131 deg., 1 ft. 7 in. deep.
GRAVE 39. A woman; 60 years of age; skull vault much
thickened, suggesting Pagetís disease; supine, full length, arms
straight; 126 deg., 2 ft. 3 in. deep.
Finds. A pair of bronze-gilt saucer brooches (Pl.
VIII, No.1), one at either shoulder. The brooch on the right shoulder
was found face downwards. The iron pins have corroded but the hinge and
catch-plates remain. The flanges are 1/8 in. high and the decoration is in
a poorly executed chip-carving technique. The two brooches are doubtless
from the same mould.
A pair of bronze-gilt square-headed brooches (Pl.
VIII, No. 2), one found head pointing upwards on the lower chest, the
other head pointing towards the right at the left waist. The iron pins
have corroded but the hinge and catch-plates of bronze remain. The
brooches, probably from the same mould, are decorated in poorly executed
chip-carving technique with subsequent stamped decoration. The
intersection of the vertical and horizontal dividing lines is set with a
circular chipped piece of red glass.
A string of 28 beads (Pl. VII b, No 2) which had been attached to
the small square-headed brooch at the lower chest. The beads are
of glass, amber and baked clay. Several tiny spherical glass beads were
fused together in the process of manufacture; four are of blue glass
inlaid with vitreous paste and one, of blue glass, is cone-shaped. A
string of nine glass beads at the right ankle.
GRAVE 40. A man; 5 ft. 8 in.; 25-30 years of age; supine,
full length, arms straight; this grave had been disturbed over the chest
at an unknown date; 94 deg., 2 ft. 5 in. deep.
GRAVE 41. A woman; 25 years of age; supine, full
length, arms straight; 109 deg., 2 ft. 5 in. deep.
Finds. An amber-coloured glass claw-beaker (Pl.
XI) at the left hand side of the skull. The beaker was found lying on
its side, the mouth towards the head of the grave. Although fractured it
was recovered completely. The vessel stands 7 ľ in. high and the
diameter of the mouth, which is strongly flared, is 4 in. The pontil-mark
is prominent on the base, and the lower and upper parts of the vessel
1. These staples have been met with
frequently in Saxon burials, particularly at Hollywell in graves 23, 31,
37, 38, 93, 113 and 137, where they are often found in pairs against the
skull or hip, with wooden remains attached. T. C. Lethbridge, Recent
Excavations in Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. (Cambridge
Antiquarian Society Quarto Publications New Series,