9: 8. Three joined potsherds from a large 9: II-14. Four small potsherds of light-grey and
vessel of rather thin, yellowish ware, blue-grey ware.
red inside, and decorated with a coarse pattern
incised with 'a double- or triple-pointed instrument. 9 : 15. Small Chinese copper coin without
Pl. 18: 8. legend, apparently a degenerated Wu-
9 : 9• Potsherd, probably from the same ch'u. Diam. 17 mm. PI. 18:6.
vessel as —: 8. 9: 16. Triangular iron arrow-head, very rusty.
9: 10. Potsherd from a largish vessel, decor- L. 63 mm.
ated with a hatched border incised
with a sharp instrument and surrounded by two 9: 17. Triangular iron arrow-head, more
rows of small impressions. The ware is yellowish slender than —: 16. L. 71 mm. Pl.
on the outside and red on the inside. Pl. 18 : 9. 18:3.
H. BURIAL PLACE 7.
From the ruined watch-tower we turned northwards again. A march of I km., as the crow flies took us to the small cemetery No. 7 situated to the west of The Small River among sand dunes here and there interrupted by a few mounds with dead tamarisks. From here Burial place 5 lies 7.5 km. to the north-east, and Burial place 6 is situated only 1800 m. to the north-east. Cf. Fig. 18.
It contains the remains of three, probably four graves lying on and around a flat hillock with dead tamarisks.
Grave 7 A.
The best preserved grave was 7 A, though already in a much disturbed condition when we arrived. The coffin was made of half a hollowed-out trunk, Fig. 19. One end was closed but had an opening at the centre, which had been shut by means of a semicircular board placed inside the wall. The other end was open and ended in a blunt point; it had two deeply sawn grooves to receive the ends of a semicircular board. These two end-boards are seen at the lower part of Fig. 19. Two long boards had formed the lid, which had apparently been lined with thin felt. On top of the lid there had been a layer of brushwood held together by twisted ropes of