Bears and Coins: The Iconography of Protection in Late Roman Infant Burials

  title={Bears and Coins: The Iconography of Protection in Late Roman Infant Burials},
  author={Nina Crummy},
  pages={37 - 93}
ABSTRACT A number of infant burials in Britain, both cremations and inhumations, contained a consistent deposit of a small jet bear, black mineral jewellery, a coin, and a pottery beaker. Some of the graves held several examples of these items, and some a wider variety of objects. Comparison with more obviously amuletic grave deposits from Butt Road, Colchester, and Lankhills, Winchester, suggests that the coins were selected for their reverse image, and that both they and the bears are… 
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