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  • Description

    Glass beaker; translucent olive green; cylindrical body with flaring mouth; expanded at flat base.

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  • Date

    • 7thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 11.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)

    Printed label: Cimetière franc de St. Loup (Marne) 1870

    St. Loup, c. Sézanne, arr. Epernay, dép. Marne, France, 1870; from a cemetery (see also MS Album, vol. 1, pl.40)

    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 Unpublished MSS in the Bibliothèque Carnegie (shelfmarks: CH.G.63-64), Reims


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    31 December 2002

    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean and examination.


    Surface dust due to recent building works.

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned using cotton wool swbs moistened with 70/30 *ims* and distilled water.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1870

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Glass beaker; translucent olive green; cylindrical body with flaring mouth; expanded at flat base.



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