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Copper alloy torc with biconical end moulding and a single collar. Body evenly but lightly ribbed in spiral round the torc - deeper wrapped grooves then superimposed.
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Diameter: 122 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.
10. Three superimposed skeletons
(a) the upper skeleton, a child - Bronze torc (ML.1529) found with a small iron ring, behind the neck and adjoining the torc.
Context: Torcs – terminals with biconical end moulding and a single collar
The end face of each terminal has a central straight-sided depression. One of the torcs from Marson (ML.1528) was associated with basket-shaped earrings and a Hallstatt D (Mansfeld F3) brooch, but otherwise the type seems to be La Tène Ia. Examples from Villeneuve-Renneville grave 39 (Hatt, J.-J., and Roualet, P., 1977, La chronologie de la Tène en Champagne, ‘Revue archéologique de l’est et du centre-est’ (28), pl. v, 3, classifying it as La Tène ancienne Ib = latter part of La Tène Ia), Etrechy 'Beau-Regard' grave 4 and Mairy-sur-Marne grave 65 (Bretz-Mahler, D., 1971, ‘La civilisation de La Tène en Champagne (Gallia, supplément, 23), pl. 32, 1).
Bibliography: Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 3, fig. 10.
- Not on display
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