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703


Gateshead


Gateshead Fell, coins


Gateshead


NZ26SE NZ25NE


Religious Ritual and Funerary


Burial


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Martin's General Magazine reported the discovery in 1755 of 'three small and very ancient Saxon coins' (stycas?) on Gateshead Moor, near 'a skeleton, the bones of which lay compactly together and measured seven feet eight inches high, at seven feet depth from the surface, in a bed of stiff clay'". It has been suggested that the location is actually Gateshead Fell, and that the burial is prehistoric, although this interpretation is incorrect if the coins were associated with the burial.






<< HER 703 >> W.H.D. Longstaffe, 1858, Durham before the Conquest, Proceedings of the Archaeological Institute Newcastle, I, p. 73 R. Miket, 1984, The Prehistory of Tyne and Wear, p. 43 no. 5

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