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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 69  1955  page 13


the Kent County Analyst but the analysis shed no light on the original contents of the bottle. The vessel had no stopper when found and analysis of patination scrapings from around the inside of the neck showed no positive result.
   A riveted bronze plate with back-plate (Fig. 5, No.1), 1/16 in. apart, at the right elbow. The plate is decorated along its edges with a series of concentric semi-circles and was presumably the tag end of the belt.
   A fragmentary iron buckle at the waist.
   GRAVE 14. A woman; 35-40 years of age; supine, full length, arms straight, head pillowed; 98 deg.,2 ft. 6 in. deep.
   No finds.
GRAVE 15. A man; 5 ft. 8 in.; 55 years of age; the skeleton lay on its left side and the legs were contracted slightly, with the right leg crossed over the left at the knee; right arm across the pelvis; 68 deg., 2 ft. 0 in. deep.
   Finds. A small and fragmentary iron buckle (Fig. 9, No.1) at the left waist, tongue pointing left.
   A large number of pottery fragments were found at the side of this grave but is has not been possible to reconstruct the shape of a pot from them.
   GRAVE 16. Neither skeleton nor teeth could be found in this grave. The disposition of the finds, however, indicated that the burial had not been disturbed. A large sample of the

grave fill was submitted to the Kent County Analyst together with samples of the undisturbed natural soil and of the grave fill from a grave known to have contained a skeleton. These were tested for the presence of calcium phosphate. The result 1 of this test suggests that for some unknown reason the skeleton and teeth, if there were any, had completely decayed; 102 deg., 1 ft. 2 in. deep.
the grave was shallow and for a considerable area around the grave there was a spread of chalk lumps in the topsoil and above the natural soil; the grave was completely isolated; this evidence, together with the impressiveness of the grave furniture, suggests that the grave had once been dignified by a mound of chalk lumps which were subsequently scattered. If such a mound existed it did not have a ditch. The position of the finds in the grave is given below as if the skeleton had been present.
   Finds. An iron knife at the waist.
   An isolated amber bead (Fig. 10, No.6) on the chest.
1. These are the figures for the phosphate test carried out on the grave fill of grave 16 by Mr. H. E. Monk and Mr. R. E. Spalding, of the Kent County Councils Analyst’s Department:
          Calcium Phosphate (Ca3 PO4) per cent
                   Grave 16…………………… 1.60
                   Grave 24…………………… 0.33
                   Natural subsoil…………….. 0.21.

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