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208 ARTICLES SUPPOSED TO BE SPOONS. learn of such works in these and other countries seems to render it more and more probable that they were erected by a people ignorant of metal. * Although there can be no doubt that stone weapons were used at a much later date than that of the introduction of bronze, yet the acquisition of a knowledge of metal must have formed a great event in history, and in all probability (as is shown by Troyon to have happened in Switzerland) marks the arrival of a more civilized tribe in Western Europe. C. C. B. BRONZE ARTICLES SUPPOSED TO BE SPOONS. During the autumn of 1861, Mr. Hugh Jones of Cae- •Groes, near Ruthin, while walking along the line of the railway now being made between Denbigh and Corwen, discovered, among the rubbish thrown up by the exca¬ vators, two bronze implements, firmly attached face to face by the incrustation of the metal. How long they had been lying there, is not certain, since the workmen in throwing up the sand out of the cutting appear to have taken no notice of them. For the same reason it is impossible to say whether they were found near the surface or not, or even to fix upon the exact spot whence they had been thrown, and subsequently covered up. The superincumbent soil appears to have been washed away by heavy rains which fell about that time, and exposed them, slightly projecting above the rubbish. They thus attracted the attention of this gentleman, who kindly presented them to me. The place where they were thus found is south of Ffynogion, in Llanfair parish. Mr. Jones had some difficulty in separating them without injury. Although one of them has lost a small portion of its bowl, the fracture is evidently an old one, presenting the same appearance as the unfrac- tured part.