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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 6  1866  page 182


in a man’s grave, and probably served in this way for his coarser work in leather, hides, or canvas.1.
Nos. CLX., CLXI.—Fragments of a sword, the fractures being old, and pieces of iron.
No. CLXII.—A woman’s grave. A circular fibula, three amethystine beads and three of clay, a fragment of blue glass.
Nos. CLXIII.—CLXV. Only a broken knife.
No. CLXVI.—A woman’s grave. A knife, a link of chain, and a broken key. Fragments of an ivory ornament perforated with round holes at intervals: it has probably 

formed a complete circle. Also a bone disk, and a few beads, some of blue glass and some others of the double type.

   1.  I append, by permission, an interesting letter from M. Herbst, Deputy Keeper of the Museum of Northern Antiquities at Copenhagen. Professor Stephens, from whom I was seeking  information respecting the antiquities of a people kindred to our

own Jutish population, applied to M. Herbst, who kindly communicated the following valuable details :— "My dear Professor Stephens,—In consequence of a letter from Mr. Brent at Canterbury, you have asked my opinion of the original use of the ‘SYLE’ (awls), ‘SYNAALE’ (needles), and ‘TANGER’ (pincers), so frequently found in Northern graves from the Bronze period. Allow me in allusion hereto first to inform you how many, and under what circumstances, these articles are preserved in the Old Northern Museum here.
   "Of bronze awls, which are not always square at one end for insertion in the haft or holder, and round at the other, the Museum has about three hundred different specimens. Of these, sixteen have hafts in the handles, eleven of bronze, four of bone, and one of amber. It also has one awl of gold. Of needles, which are more or less flat with an oblong eye at about the centre, it has twenty-four of bronze and three of bone. Of pincers or tweezers the Museum possesses one solid and elegantly-made specimen of gold, and about two hundred of bronze, a couple of which have slides in a way reminding us of the tweezers or pincers used by surgeons for underbinding veins, etc.
   "As to how these objects were employed, we must call to mind a couple of peculiar circumstances. In the clay urns, filled with burnt bones belonging to the Bronze age, so frequently found in the barrows in this

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