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arcfmeotoflia Cambrensts, No. XL—JULY, 1848. ON SOME ROMAN GLASS VESSELS FOUND NEAR CAERLEON, MONMOUTHSHIRE. The accompanying illustrations represent three glass vessels lately discovered in forming a cutting on the Monmouthshire branch of the South Wales Railway, about half a mile to the north-east of the ancient city of Caerleon. The ground, through which the cutting was made, is conjectured to be the site of a Roman burial ground, from the fact of six or seven stone coffins having been found, many years since, while making the turnpike road to Usk, which is also cut through the same hill, and is close to the railway. The first discovery made by the excavators, in July 1847, was that of a stone coffin buried about three feet six inches below the surface of the ground. It is formed of oolite, perhaps from Dundry in Somersetshire, the coffin being neatly hollowed out, and the lid consisting of several pieces of the same stone, about six inches thick. The coffin was entirely filled with clay, which ARCH/EOL. CAMB. VOL. III.] C C