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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 69  1955  page 24


   The bronze fittings and iron ring (Pl. IV b) of a bronze bound wooden object between the knees. There was considerable leather staining around. The bronze fittings show this object to have been about 7 in. long, 2 in. wide and ¼ in. thick, and it was carried by the iron ring, 1 ½ in. in diameter, attached to the central bronze binding. Each
binding was secured by three bronze rivets. Possibly the object was a wooden strutted, leather covered, bronze bound pouch (cf. The similar object found in grave 5).
   GRAVE 32. A man; 5 ft. 10 in.; 15-12 years of age; supine, full length, right arm across pelvis; 64 deg.; 2 ft. 9 in. deep.
   Finds. An iron knife at the left arm.
   A silver-plated iron buckle and a bronze kidney-shaped attachment-plate (Pl. IX, No 3) at the waist, tongue pointing left. The buckle and the tongue are plated on their upper surfaces only. The belt was joined to the buckle by being clamped between the ends of a silver plate which was bent round the stem of the buckle with a gap to accommodate the tongue. The attachment-plate consists of a flanged casing of bronze, 3/16 in. deep, to which a bronze plate is attached by three bronze rivets. It had an iron back-plate, the corrosion from which had crept over the whole plate, necessitating the stripping down and re-assembling of the plate and inlays in order to facilitate cleaning. The surface of the plate is cloisonné set with thin slices of ruby coloured glass, which are, on their curved edges, chipped and, on

their straight edges, cut. The central oval shaped cell is set with an intaglio, probably of red  jasper. The intaglio is doubtless from a late Roman seal ring. It is cut with the figure of Athene, left hand on shield and bird in the right (the figure would, of course, be reversed on a resulting impression). The intaglio in its present position was quite functionless and merely decorative. We have no means of knowing whether its owner ever understood its real use and the whole find provides a charming commentary upon the two differing civilisations represented.
   GRAVE 33. A woman; 50 years of age; a burial on the right side with the legs slightly contracted, left arm across the pelvis; 124 deg., 2 ft. 9 in. deep.
   Finds. An "S"- shaped brooch (Pl. VIII, No. 3) of gilded bronze at the neck. The iron pin is corroded but the hinge and catch-plates of bronze remain. The brooch is decorated in chip-carving technique and the ridges, other that the central one, are beaded with short cuts at right angles to the line of the ridge.
   A string of eight blue glass beads, about 3/8 in. in diameter, at the neck. They were probably suspended from the "S"- shaped brooch.
   GRAVE 34. A man; height 5 ft. 10 in.; 40 years of age; the skull has an almost round (?) trephine hole in the vault, about 4 cm. In diameter to the left of the midline about 12 cm. Above the external occipital

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