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Gentleman's Magazine 1789 p.663

Antiquities, Aspatria

A few days ago, as Mr. Rigg, surgeon in Aspatria, near Carlisle, was superintending some labourers he had employed in levelling and (sic) artificial mount, called Beacon-hill, close behind his house, in that village, they dug into a cavity which contained the skeleton of a man, entire from the crown of the head to the ancle-bone. Across the fore-head, or more properly at the head of this gigantic skeleton, was found a sword; the blade of which is remarkably broad, and the whole length (including the handle, which is strongly plated, and ornamented both with gold and silver) is five feet. Several pieces of armour were also found, and a dirk, or hanger, the handle of which appears to be highly ornamented and studded with silver.
- A belt was also dug up, the buckle of which is supposed to be gold; and a breast-plate. The scabbard of the sword is of wood, and has been lined with cloth, a part of which adheres to the rust on the blade. The place in which these remains were found is about three yards deep, measuring from the top of the hill, and as many feet below the surface of the ground at its base; the last depth is walled round, and the cavity was covered with large stones, on some of which are inscriptions, not yet understood.
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