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  • Description

    Iron sickle-blade: curved up at one end; lightly serrated inner edge.

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  • Date

    • 1stC-4thC (?)
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 9 centimetres (part)
    • Length: 159 millimetres (whole blade)
    • Width: 19 millimetres
    • Thickness: 4 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Orlinska 2001
    Findspot: Ennewitz; 'Ennewitz'; Gemeinde Glesien, Landkreis Delitzsch; Sachsen; Cemetery.

    1836 (according to Klemm's label); "bought in Leipzig".

    Period of Roman Influence.

    References: C III, 8 (2: 'Axtklingen aus Stein. Angeschliffen: Norden von Europa'; 3: 'Messer: aus Eisen'); III, 9 (2: 'Sicheln. aus Eisen'); III, 10 (1: 'Verschiedene Werkzeuge. Scheeren'); IV, 12 (4-7: 'Verschiedener Schmuck. Schnallen, Knöpfe und Hafte'); GA nos 454-459 (1-6); GERM. III, Scheere (1: also sketch of artefact).


  • Bibliography

    • Orlinska 2001 p.82 bibliographic details
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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • Klemm.262
Iron sickle blade fragment: (one of two - joins to OA 649); lightly serrated inner edge; one end bent into coil.

Iron sickle blade fragment: (one of two - joins to OA 649); lightly serrated inner edge; one end bent into coil.

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