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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 6  1866  page 161


No. XXV.—A child’s grave; disturbed. Only a bronze buckle.
No. XXVI.—Eight feet long, three feet three inches deep, two feet six inches wide. An umbo lay near the skull, and to its left a spear-head, the ferule of which was at the feet. On the breast a fine buckle brightly plated, and what appears to be the mounting of a purse. On the left side some iron keys and an iron lock, with a bronze plate containing a hole for its bolt; a small bronze balance and scales, with nineteen weights (Plate IV.), lay at the left foot. The grave contained, too, a knife or dirk, coupled with a smaller knife in one double sheath of wood; a circular iron plate, a knife, and a pair of shears.
These are some of the most interesting and at the same time of the most strangely assorted relics ever found in an Anglo-Saxon grave.
   1. The balance and scales are quite perfect, and beautiful specimens. The beam is about five inches long, and is

 slightly chased; the end of the thread or silk which suspended the scales still adheres to its ends, and some more was at first adhering to the sca1es themselves ; these are an inch and seven-eighths in diameter. Another such pair was lately found at Ozingell, with weights and coins;1 and another, much mutilated, with eighteen weights, or coins adapted as weights, was taken from a grave at Gilton by Bryan Faussett, more than a century ago. It is possible, as a fragment like the mounting of a purse was found near, that some of our nineteen weights may have been money; most of them, however, are either dotted in various ways, as if to indicate some multiple of weight, or are ground and squared; and out of nine which are distinctly Roman coins five at least have been thus adapted as weights. They vary in weight from 8 grains to 1063 grains. A weight of 248 grains
   1.‘Collectanea Antiqua,’ vol. iii. plate iv.

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