- Museum number
Copper alloy bow brooch with a reverted foot which terminates in a pair of mock spring-coils linked by a chord. The bow is deeply grooved.
- Production date
- 450 BC - 320 BC (circa)
Length: 55.40 millimetres
Weight: 14 grammes
Width: 5.30 millimetres (bow)
Width: 14.20 millimetres (spring)
- 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: La Tène I brooches
3. Brooch whose foot terminates in a pair of mock spring-coils linked by a chord. Two- or four-coil spring with external chord; bows of various shapes. The type is probably La Tène Ia: 1531 bears a resemblance to a Marzabotto brooch, and there is an example with an annular torque in Les Jogasses grave M109. Bretz-Mahler, D., 1971, ‘La civilisation de La Tène en Champagne (Gallia, supplément, 23), pl. 3, illustrates provenanced examples from Bussy-le-Château, Chouilly, Mairy-sur-Mame, Poix and St-Rémy-sur-Bussy; there is one displayed with a cart-burial group at Suippes (Ertlé, R., 1963, Les collections d’objets antiques de la mairie de Suippes (Marne), n. 1, la tombe à char gauloise, ‘Bull. Soc. Préhist. Fr.’ (60), 760, fig. 1, no. 1), and another from Jonchery-sur-Vesle grave 5.
Bibliography: Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 3, fig. 12.
- On display (G50/dc13)
- Exhibition history
1980, London, BM, Celtic Antiquities from Gaul
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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