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    Cast copper alloy buckle counter-plate: one of a pair; triangular profiled plate with cast Style II animal interlace in centre flanked by pair of heads with long pelleted jaws; one of three attachment rivets remains.

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    • 7thC
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    • Length: 3.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    For comments re. entire collection see 1908,0801.393

    Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; found 1889; grave 1, associated with nos. 1908,0801.393-8; the grave contents as a group noted in Edelmann 1893a, p. 59 and 1893b, pp. 203-4; Edelmann excavated some graves on the site, others were chance finds.

    EDELMANN H. 1893a. Die Reihengräber von Hedingen-Sigmaringen, Fundberichte aus Schwaben I, Stuttgart, p. 58, fig. 2
    EDELMANN H. 1893b. Neues 'Altes' vom oberen Donaugau, Blätter des Schwäbischen Albvereins V part 10, Stuttgart, p. 205, fig. 1
    ZÜRN H. and SCHIEK S. 1969. Die Sammlung Edelmann im Britischen Museum zu London, Urkunden zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte aus Südwürttemberg-Hohenzollern 3. Stuttgart, p. 29, pl. 35B:4 to 6


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    Excavated 1889

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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