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    Pottery jug: wheel-made; small; grey ware; ovoid body; flaring trefoil rim; strap handle; three modern sample holes in base.

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    • 6thC
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    • Height: 12 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    MS label: 40

    St. Loup, c. Sézanne, arr. Epernay, dép. Marne, France, 1870; from a cemetery (see also MS Album, vol. 1, pl. 43)

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 Unpublished MSS in the Bibliothèque Carnegie (shelfmarks: CH.G.63-64), Reims

    COWELL M.R. 1979. Report on the analysis of some sixth- and seventh-century pottery from sites in southern Britain and northern Europe, in V.I. Evison, A Corpus of Wheel-Thrown Pottery in Anglo-Saxon Graves, Royal Archaeological Institute Monograph, London, pp. 96-7, table 2 no. 123, graph 1


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    Excavated 1870

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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