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  • Description

    Fragment of horn from rim of cup; laterally curved and flaking.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 5.2 centimetres
    • Width: 3.2 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1983 Figs. 625c, 626 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    28 February 2006

    Treatment proposal

    Clean (dry methods) Consolidate where necessary, pack and remove old labels.


    Object dry and brittle but photographic evidence would indicate no deterioration since it was taken. It was noted that in addition to the original 6 pieces of horn are 4 extra. The B&W photograph would indicate that these are not fragments of these objects, but they have been stored in crystal boxes within the larger polyester box.

    Treatment details

    Dry clean with low suction vacuum and sable brushes. The objects were placed in Plastazote (polyethylene) cut outs and placed within clear polyester boxes.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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