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Copper alloy torc with thistle-head terminals, cast in one piece. Conical, flaring end with a broad deep collar. Decoration on the sides of the terminal and the body. One end face slightly hollowed. Ring and dot ornament on the end and on the crudely defined collar; incised hatched band on the outer side of the collar - no cordons. On the body are some roughly incised lines.
Diameter: 140 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- 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 24: A double burial with two skeletons side by side; b) A woman.
The grave contained: ML.1527, ML.1539, ML.2071 (registered as Courtisols), ML. 1526 and three bronze brooches including ML.1531 and ML.1534.
Context: Torcs with ‘thistle-headed’ terminals
Conical, flaring end with a broad deep collar flanked by cordons. Decoration on the sides of the terminal, the cordon and in an adjoining tapering panel on the body (Fig. 1, type T). A La Tène Ib type, associated with type R brooches at Beine ‘l’Argentelle’ grave 30 and Etoges grave 17; with Dux brooches (Rruta type I) at Hauviné grave 1, Lavannes 'Mont de la Fourche' grave 10, Caurel 'la Fosse Minore' grave 46, Les Grandes Loges grave 9, Beine ‘l’Argentelle’ grave 25 (also with Kruta type VII, and with a 'Münsingen' brooch); and with 'Münsingen' brooches at Beine 'le Montéqueux' grave 2 and Prunay ‘les Commelles’ grave 30.
1. Cast in one piece.
Bibliography: Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 3, fig. 5.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1980, London, BM, Celtic Antiquities from Gaul
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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