above; but others, of baser material and of different forms and
decoration, prevail. The same distinction in other sepulchral
objects is almost equally marked; while at the same time, in the
weapons and umboes of shields, and in other particulars, as well
as in the general mode of sepulture, there is a striking
accordance, such as would be expected in tribes springing from a
common source. The contents of the graves in the Saxon cemetery at
Chessell, in the Isle of Wight1 (which island Bede
states was peopled, as well as Kent, by the Jutes), have some
striking points of resemblance to those of the graves of Kent,
such as seem to be common only to these two districts.
Although, unfortunately, the circumstances under
which the Faversham antiquities were obtained,2 deprive
them of the advantage accompanying such as are taken from graves
carefully excavated, they are nevertheless of great value to the
archaeologist, who, from comparison, will be able to classify most
of them. In the plates of Faussett's 'Inventorium Sepulchrale'
will be found most of the types of the ornaments, of the weapons,
and of those miscellaneous objects which it was the custom of our
Saxon forefathers to deposit with the dead. The largest gold,
fibula, of which the framework only remains, is of the same
class as the superb perfect example from Kingston-down, figured in
plate i. In its incomplete condition it is useful as showing the
manner in which the cells were constructed previous to their being
filled with pastes and coloured stones. Some of the pendants, fibulae,
and buckles supply us with new varieties; and from their elegant
design, good workmanship, and rich material, strengthen our
1 History and Antiquities of the
Isle of Wight; by G-. Hillier. 1856.
2 They were collected, from the workmen
engaged in the railway excavations, by Mr. Gibbs, to whose good
taste and vigilance their preservation is entirely due.