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Snail Down

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


Colt Hoare described and interpreted the contents of one of the large Snail Down barrows, bringing to life its occupant:

"The body of the deceased had been burned, and the bones and ashes piled up in a small heap, which was surrounded by a circular wreath of horns of the red deer, within which, and amidst the ashes, were five beautiful arrow-heads cut out of flint, and a small red pebble..
Thus we most clearly see the profession of the Briton here interred. In the flint arrow-heads we recognize his fatal implements of destruction; in the stag's horns we see the victims of his skill as a hunter; and the bones of the dog deposited in the same grave, and above those of his master, commemorate his faithful attendant in the chase, and perhaps his unfortunate victim in death."
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
21st July 2005ce

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