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    Iron shield-grip; centre a sub-circular plate folded to form grip on profiled attachment bar; flat trilobate terminals with attachment rivet.

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    • 6thC
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    • Length: 43 centimetres
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    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)

    Bréban, c. Sompuis, arr. Vitry le-François, dép. Marne, France; from a rock cut grave with Ml.2418, ML.3319-21 and ML.3855: this grave lay next to the female grave provenanced under ML.3307-8. The male burial was 1.20 m deep with 'les traces d'un escalier pour y descendre par un bout', presumably some kind of ledge or similar grave structure. The angon with traces of a wooden shaft, and an iron ferrule, which does not seem to have survived, had been placed on the left side of the body; the spearhead and two arrowheads lay parallel to it. The iron boss and grip from a shield, which had been propped up against the side of the grave, were found at the left foot. Both graves were consider-ably deeper than the majority in the cemetery, which were cut into the chalk at a depth of 0.50 - 0.60 m

    Belongs with ML.3855


    MAZARD H.A. 1879. L'archéologie champenoise à l'Exposition Universelle de 1878, Revue de Champagne et de Brie 6, Paris, pp. 49-50
    MOREL L. 1889-90. Description de deux sépultures importantes du cimetière de Bréban (Marne), Société des Sciences et Arts de Vitry-le-François XVI, Vitry-le-François, p. 682, fig. 5
    KURTH G. 1896. Clovis. Tours, fig. on p. 38
    GOURY G. 1908. Essai sur l'Époque Barbare dans la Marne, Les Étapes de l'Humanité I fasc. III. Nancy, pp. 30-2
    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, pl. VI:5


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