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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 10  1876  page 182

Remains of Roman Internments from East Hill, near Sittingbourne

By George Payne, jun

coloured black. With it was a Samian cup (8), and a vessel of red ware, of a similar pattern to the modern water bottle frequently seen upoft sideboards. The two large vessels (9 and 10) were found together, near the above-mentioned specimens; fig. 9 is of drab colour, its circumference being 39 inches; fig. 10 measures 12 inches in height, 5 1/2 inches in diameter at its mouth, and 2 feet 5 inches in circumference at its widest part; it appears upside down in the engraving.
   It will readily be seen from the number of relics already found that the field from whence they were taken was one vast cemetery; and no doubt further excavations, more particularly to the north and northeast, will discover many more specimens of like interest. The writer was most unfortunate with regard to the preservation of the vessels. The workmen procure the brick-earth by a process 

termed "falling," and the huge masses of earth, as they are precipitated into the truck below, carry with them many interesting objects, which are crushed in the fall.
   When such discoveries as these are made, one is struck with feelings akin to reverence at the sight of the little heap of calcined bones, with urns, wine vessels and delicate Samian cups, placed there by Romano-British hands so many hundreds of years ago, as a last loving tribute of affection ere the earth covered all that remained of parent or friend.
   How often is the antiquary blamed for "disturbing the ashes of our forefathers." Let any murmurs attend the discovery of a Roman or Saxon interment when an archaeologist is not present, and let them see the pottery and human bones, without thought or care, carried away to the wash-mill in the brickfield, there

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