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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 1  1858  page 42
ON ANGLO-SAXON REMAINS RECENTLY DISCOVERED AT FAVERSHAM, AT WYE, AND AT WESTWELL, IN KENT. BY C. ROACH SMITH, ESQ
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IN A LETTER FROM ROACH SMITH, ESQ., TO THE
HONORARY SECRETARY.
[Read at the Meeting at Canterbury.]

MY DEAR SIR,
   In no branch of archaeology has greater or sounder progress been made than in that which comprises the Saxon antiquities of this country, and the Frankish antiquities of the Continent. Contemporaneous in date, closely analogous in general character, belonging to peoples descended from a common parentage, they are mutually illustrative, and throw a strong and unsuspected light upon the conditions of our ancestors, at a period when historical information is particularly meagre and obscure. And yet, until within the last twenty or thirty years, these monuments of the grave, so authentic and expressive, were but little understood. The researches of Douglas1 in Kent, well published and illustrated, failed in enlisting followers from among his contemporaries ; and the excavations of Bryan Faussett, although they were partially brought under the observation and criticism of Douglas, remained unpublished and but little known. Our neighbours in France and Germany
   1 Nenia Britannica; or, a Sepulchral History of Great Britain; from
tlie Earliest Period to the General Conversion to Christianity. By the
Rev. James Douglas, F.A.S. London. 1793.

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