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Copper alloy fastenings: two lengths of wire, each terminating in a button
Length: 42 millimetres (bent)
Length: 28 millimetres
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- Stead and Rigby 1999
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 22: The grave contained ML.1513-ML.1515.
Context: Other Bronze Artefacts; Rings, studs and other pieces.
Bibliography: Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 2, fig. 9.
Very similar pieces were found with a la Tène la burial at St-Martin-du-Tertre, Yonne; they were at the feet, and interpreted as fastenings for footwear (Barbier, M., and Villes, A., 1981, Tombe à char de La Tène ancienne Ia, découverte à St-Martin-du-Tertre (Yonne), ‘Mem. Soc. Archéol. Champenoise’, 2, 102). Other comparable artefacts, but with forked stems, have been interpreted as helmet hooks (Schaaff, U., 1973, Frülatènzeitliche Grabfunde mit Helmen vom Typ Berru, ‘Jarhb. RGZM’ (20), 89, fig. 1, including examples from Sept-Saulx and Cuperly).
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