chapter  3
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Application of the criteria

So, too, must be the fate of the last of the pagan ritual hoards, from Barkway (Page 1914: 149; Toynbee 1964b: 328) and Stony Stratford (Page 1908: 11). The concealment of the two collections of ritual objects may have been connected (Page 1914: 149), and since they did not appear to have great intrinsic value, it could be that they were hidden by their custodians from hostile Christians. Equally, they could have been votive deposits. There is, however, no evidence of dating, nor is there any positive evidence as yet of a Christian presence in the vicinity. These hoards are recorded but not weighted.