From the PREFACE. AN attempt is made in this little volume to give such accurate and concise information about English antiquities as may be of real use to those who have no time, opportunity, or desire to consult more pretentious and costly publications. The writer's aim has been to make his descriptions intelligible even to those of his readers who may possess only a very slight acquaintance with archaeology and archaeological terms. With this end in view he has compiled a Dictionary of Antiquities which will be found in the latter part of the volume, and he has made free use of illustrations and diagrams throughout the book. In attempting to cover this wide field, the author has thought it best to deal with English antiquities as distinct and conveniently arranged groups where such a course has been possible. For example, Roman glass, Anglo-Saxon brooches, etc., have been treated under the periods to which they clearly belong. The table of contents, index, and Dictionary of Antiquities will, it is hoped, make it quite easy to refer to a particular subject without loss of time. Attention may be called here to the fact that, as this book is intended primarily for the use of collectors, the antiquities dealt with in its pages are mainly, if not wholly, of a collectable character. Many English antiquities of the greatest possible interest, such as megalithic remains, foundations of buildings, and tessellated pavements, are omitted from the book because they are not, generally speaking, suitable for a private collection, and are only partially so for a public museum.