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Seven fragments from an iron torc.
- Curator's comments
- Stead and Rigby 1999
In Stead and Rigby 1999 described as: "Six fragments, amounting to about one third of the circuit, accompanied by a label 'Remains of ML 1512 after cleaning in the Lab, 22.3.39'. Registered as an iron torc broken in three pieces."
Findspot: Marson (Marne)
Morel's report on the excavations at Marson was read at the Sorbonne on 4 April 1874 and again at Châlons-sur-Marne on 27 October 1874. His publication (Morel, L., 1874a, La découverte de sépultures gauloises au territoire de Marson, ‘Mémoires de la société d’agriculture, commerce, sciences et arts du department de la Marne’ (1873-4), 179-94.), virtually identical to the version in Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, 5-20, is accompanied by the first six plates of the ‘Album’.
(b)'La voie de Lépine'
A huge cemetery at the top of and on the slopes of a hill, extending for almost a kilometre. Morel excavated here between April 1873 and February 1874 and found about 200 burials scattered over about a kilometre, sometimes in groups of four or five. Some graves held more than one skeleton, with two or three burials superimposed, or two side by side. Most graves were orientated west-east, from 1 m to 1.5 m deep, and filled with terre noire, and almost half of them had been disturbed previously. Smith, R.A., 1925, ‘A guide to the antiquities of the Early Iron Age’ (second edition), London, 64-5.
Grave 20: Child with: an iron torc (ML.1512) and an iron brooch.
Context: Iron torcs
The iron torc is a Hallstatt D type (Fig. 1, type D), belonging to the earlier stage of the Les Jogasses Hallstatt cemetery: graves 117, 121, 123 (with a tubular bronze torc) and 138. Found in Hallstatt D graves at Charvais grave 44 (with a tubular bronze torc), Marson 'le Plat Savart' grave 2 and Warmériville 'la Motelle' graves 5, 10 and 23, they recur much later in La Tène Ic or La Tène II graves, e.g. Pleurs grave 9 and Flavigny grave 6.
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