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Large iron brooch with long flat bow, large four-coil spring with external chord, short foot-space, large globular element.
- Production date
- 500 BC - 300 BC (circa)
Diameter: 28 - 30 millimetres (coils; external)
Height: 43 millimetres
Length: 166 millimetres
Weight: 99 grammes
Width: 10.50 millimetres (bow)
Width: 23.10 millimetres (foot knob)
Width: 28 millimetres (spring)
- Curator's comments
- Stead and Rigby 1999
Findspot: Pleurs ‘Les Buttes’ (Marne)
When Morel moved to Pleurs in 1869 he was told of the discovery of a grave in 1851; he acquired some of the finds, was shown the site (where he retrieved bronze-stained bones) and started excavating (Morel 1898, 109-21). Using a probe, he located a ditch 1 m wide and deep, defining what had been a circular mound with a central pit filled with terre noire, ashes and cremated human bones (plan, Morel 1898, pl. 28; Fig. 199). Within the circle he found five graves as well as the one excavated in 1851, and to the north of it there was a second circle and two more graves. He suspected that there might have been a third circle to the south, where he found six more graves. None of the graves in the main circle had been cut into the chalk, and Morel suggested that the corpses had been placed on the ground and then covered with a mound. Smith, R.A., 1925, ‘A guide to the antiquities of the Early Iron Age’ (second edition), London, 67-8.
Grave 6: Skeleton found with iron brooch found on the chest.
Context: La Tène I brooches
13. Iron La Tène I brooches.
(d) Large brooch, long flat bow, large four-coil spring with external chord, short foot-space, large globular element. A somewhat similar iron brooch from Les Rouliers grave 25 (f) is smaller (L 113 mm) and has a six-coil spring.
Bibliography: Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 25, fig. 5.
- On display (G50/dc13)
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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