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Copper alloy torc made from a strip of rectangular section spirally twisted with hook-and-eye terminals. The hook is across the width of the torc. The edge has two grooves defining a central band marked with dots.
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Diameter: 182 - 193 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 25: A grave group found by a local man about 1870. The grave contained ML.1538, ML.1545, ML.1546, ML.1535 and ML.1536.
Context: Twisted torcs
Most twisted torcs are La Tène Ia (with brooches in Villeneuve-Renneville graves 26, 35, 56 and 63; Les Jogasses grave M11; La Chaussée grave 63; Etrechy 'Beau-Regard' graves 1, 26 and 27). Perhaps they start in Hallstatt D (Charvais grave 5, with no other grave-goods; Villeneuve-Renneville grave 30 with a Hallstatt D brooch; and several have been found with basket-shaped earrings - a Hallstatt D and La Tène Ia type: Villeneuve-Renneville grave 27; Beine ‘l’Argentelle’ grave 1; Dormans; Les Jogasses grave M78), but there are no twisted torcs in the Hallstatt part of the Les Jogasses cemetery. There is an annular twisted torc in Vert-la-Gravelle grave 6, an early La Tène Ib grave group. (Fig. 1, type O)
1. Hook-and-eye terminals: made from a flat strip of rectangular section, 20-23 mm thick, sometimes decorated along the edge, and spirally twisted (cf. Maryon 1971, fig. 238, no. 8; fig. 240, no. 26). Most have the hook across the width of the torc (ML.1716, ML.1582, ML.1583 and ML.1801 have the hook in the opposite plane). There are similar torcs from Villeneuve-Renneville graves 30 and 56; Les Jogasses graves M11, M57, M77, M78, M99 and M103; Les Rouliers grave 36; see also Bretz-Mahler, D., 1971, ‘La civilisation de La Tène en Champagne (Gallia, supplément, 23), pl. 30.
Bibliography: Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 3, fig. 18.
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