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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 6  1866  page 158


of Magnentius; some rivets, a knife, an iron ring, and a small bronze buckle, were also taken from this grave.
Draughts or counters are of rare occurrence in Saxon graves. These vary a little in size and shape: all are circular and flat-bottomed, but some nearly conical, others but slightly convex. A pattern of little double circles, dotted in the centre, is on the upper side of most of them. Many had decayed into fragments, and the number of those found tolerably perfect being forty- five or fifty, I should judge the original quantity to have been probably about sixty.
   Mr Bateman records a similar discovery in a barrow opened by Mr. Carrington, near a place called ‘Cold Eaton’, in Staffordshire, in the year 1845. Here, in a deposit placed in a circular hole about eighteen inches in diameter, were found "a quantity of calcined bones, some fragments of iron, parts of two bone combs, and twenty- eight objects of bone, like button-moulds. The latter objects were flattened 

hemispherical pieces, mostly with dots on the  convex sides; on some were dots within amulets. They varied from half an inch to an inch in diameter, and had generally eight, nine, or ten dots each."1  He thinks that they were probably used for a game of draughts, as draughtsmen have been found in Scandinavian tumuli, and assigns them to the Danes or the Saxons. Those which he describes, however, had all been burnt: with these at Sarr burial only has been used, and the accompanying relics are, it will be observed, of the same character as those of the neighbouring graves.2
No. VII—Some clench-bolts or double-headed rivets, found near the left side.
1 ‘Ten Years’ Diggings in Celtic and Saxon Grave Hills,’ p. 181.
2 In another grave, opened here in 1864, we found a second set of some forty of these counters. They were deposited in a hole to the right of the grave. Two dice were found with them.

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