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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 69  1955  page 27


wood and they stretched away from the skull in a line, in
diminishing size1.
   GRAVE 38. A young person, sex unknown; about 12 years of age; supine, full length, arms straight; 131 deg., 1 ft. 7 in. deep.
   No finds.
GRAVE 39. A woman; 60 years of age; skull vault much thickened, suggesting Pagetís disease; supine, full length, arms straight; 126 deg., 2 ft. 3 in. deep.
   Finds. A pair of bronze-gilt saucer brooches (Pl. VIII, No.1), one at either shoulder. The brooch on the right shoulder was found face downwards. The iron pins have corroded but the hinge and catch-plates remain. The flanges are 1/8 in. high and the decoration is in a poorly executed chip-carving technique. The two brooches are doubtless from the same mould.
   A pair of bronze-gilt square-headed brooches (Pl. VIII, No. 2), one found head pointing upwards on the lower chest, the other head pointing towards the right at the left waist. The iron pins have corroded but the hinge and catch-plates of bronze remain. The brooches, probably from the same mould, are decorated in poorly executed chip-carving technique with subsequent stamped decoration. The intersection of the vertical and horizontal dividing lines is set with a circular chipped piece of red glass. 

  A string of 28 beads (Pl. VII b, No 2) which had been attached to the small square-headed brooch at the lower  chest. The beads are of glass, amber and baked clay. Several tiny spherical glass beads were fused together in the process of manufacture; four are of blue glass inlaid with vitreous paste and one, of blue glass, is cone-shaped. A string of nine glass beads at the right ankle.
   GRAVE 40. A man; 5 ft. 8 in.; 25-30 years of age; supine, full length, arms straight; this grave had been disturbed over the chest at an unknown date; 94 deg., 2 ft. 5 in. deep.
   No finds.
GRAVE 41. A woman; 25 years of age; supine, full length, arms straight; 109 deg., 2 ft. 5 in. deep.
   Finds. An amber-coloured glass claw-beaker (Pl. XI) at the left hand side of the skull. The beaker was found lying on its side, the mouth towards the head of the grave. Although fractured it was recovered completely. The vessel stands 7 ľ in. high and the diameter of the mouth, which is strongly flared, is 4 in. The pontil-mark is prominent on the base, and the lower and upper parts of the vessel bear
1. These staples have been met with frequently in Saxon burials, particularly at Hollywell in graves 23, 31, 37, 38, 93, 113 and 137, where they are often found in pairs against the skull or hip, with wooden remains attached. T. C. Lethbridge, Recent Excavations in Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. (Cambridge Antiquarian Society Quarto Publications New Series,
no. 3)

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