Migration period burials & grave goods near Halford Bridge

Description of this historic site

The possible site of an Anglo Saxon cemetery. Several burials, dating to the Migration period, were found. They contained grave goods, including a spearhead and a sword. The burials were situated to the south west of Halford Bridge.

Notes about this historic site

12 In November 1790, three skeletons were found lying from N-S, with a bed of limestone above and below, about 0.76m below the surface. The most careful burial of the three contained three weapons: a spearhead, a sword 0.53m long with remains of a wooden handle, and a small weapon with an iron handle. This last object could be part of a shield boss.
3 Two of the skeletons were very imperfect, but the other, c1.86m tall, was deposited with great care and with the weapons. Several other skeletons were said to have been found near the same spot.
4 Noted by Ordnance Survey.
5 Find made by metal detector in 1996: Copper alloy strap end, outer face with traces of gilding and red enamel and evidence of an animal design.

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