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    Iron belt buckle counter-plate; trapezoidal with profiled edge; silver inlaid Style II animal interlace decoration; five attachment rivets.

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    • 7thC
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    • Length: 16.7 centimetres
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    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)

    Gourgançon, c. Fère-Champenoise, arr. Epernay, dép. Marne, France, 1873;ML.3978-3986 said dubiously to be from an inhumation grave; skeleton was transferred to Royal College of Surgeons in 1938
    Or from St. Loup, Marne? (MS Album, vol. 1, pl. 37)

    MS Album reference:
    MOREL L. and GASTEBOIS E. n.d., Matériaux pour l'histoire de la Champagne Souterraine, ou 30 années de fouilles archéologiques dans la Marne, 1862-1892, vol. 1: Epoque gauloise; vol. 2: Epoques diverses. Unpublished MSS in the Bibliothèque Carnegie (shelfmarks: CH.G.63-64), Reims

    Published (the group):
    SMITH R.A. 1923. A Guide to the Anglo-Saxon and Foreign Teutonic Antiquities in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities. London, p. 148
    In set with ML.3347


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