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urns had had time to dry slowly in a room where the temperature was kept fairly uniform, they were removed to the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, under the personal superintendence of Mr. G. W. Shrubsole, the Hon. Curator there. They reached their destination. quite safely; and as their contents had been preserved intact, it became necessary to empty them to see if any implements of any kind had been buried with the burnt bones, as is not unfrequently the case. The larger urns contained charcoal, earth, and calcined bones; and in two of them a small bronze pin, 11⁄2 in. long, was met with. In another of them a very curious little vessel was found. This, on examination, was discovered to be a small stone vessel of an oval shape, measuring 44 in. in length by 2 in. in width, and standing 1 in. high. It has been formed by cutting off the end of a stone, probably a rounded boulder from the beach at Penmaenmawr, and then carefully scooping out the interior to form a cup.

This curious little vessel is unique, no other example of any stone cup being known. l'exhibited it, in June last, to the Society of Antiquaries of London, where it excited much interest. Mr. Shrubsole has been in correspondence with Mr. John Evans, President of the Society of Antiquaries, and the Rev. Canon Greenwell, neither of whom is aware of any other instance in which a stone vessel has been found either inside an urn, or loose in a barrow. Mr. A. W. Franks, F.S.A., of the British Museum, had also never seen any similar example.

Another large barrow exists near to the one in which these remains were found, and I am in hopes of being able to excavate it next year.

Mr. Shrubsole informs me that one of the small socalled "food-vessels" contained the bones of a small mammal, and that a few bones, apparently other than human, were found in some of the urns, and are at present under investigation. There is also in the Museum a flake of Penmaenmawr stone, 11⁄2 in. thick, and 13 in.

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square, which served as a cover for one of the larger urns. This is worthy of notice as considerable skill and a metal hammer would be requisite for its production. The appearance and exact sizes of these urns are shown. in the accompanying plates, from sketches made by Mr. Worthington Smith at the Museum.

Bronze Pins found at Penmaenmawr.


(Compiled from information supplied by Prof. Rhys and Prof.
G. F. Browne, and from Letters in "The Academy.")

THE Isle of Man has long been celebrated for its Runic inscriptions, but it is only within the last few years that the existence of any monument bearing Ogams was suspected. Up to the present time six Ogam inscriptions have been noticed,-two at Arbory, two at Ballaqueeney House, and two at Kirk Michael.

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Arbory. The two inscribed stones are in the possession of Mr. Crellin of the Friary Farm, which is situated in the parish of Arbory, three-quarters of a mile north-west of Ballasalla Railway Station. They were both found built into the walls of the church of the Friary, a fine building, now used as a barn.

No. 1 is like a roughish roughish milestone with the top broken off. It is of schist, 4 ft. 5 ins. long, 3 ft. 5 ins. wide at one end, and 1 ft. 9 ins. at the other. It is inscribed on the angle thus :'

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No. 2 is rounded like a cheese. It is inscribed on the rounded angle thus:

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See Prof. Rhys' reading in The Academy, Aug. 7, 1886.

2 The stone is broken here, and no doubt had three more strokes.

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