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Copper alloy bracelet, decorated with combinations of closely spaced transverse grooves, cross-hatched ribs at intervals and pointed-oval panels.
Diameter: 63 - 66 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Stead and Rigby 1999
Findspot: ? Courtisols (Marne) (a) 'les Grands Ayeux' or ‘la Garenne de la Motte’.
Morel's excavation started on 21 April 1873, but the site had been discovered sixty years earlier when burials were disturbed during the levelling of the château de la Motte. He was deceived by ancient tree-pits and then found disturbed burials before the first undisturbed grave was located. Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, 122-8, seems to be the only publication, and the illustrations appeared in the 5th and 6th fascicules of the Album. Smith, R.A., 1925, ‘A guide to the antiquities of the Early Iron Age’ (second edition), London, 65-6.
Grave 3: A woman's grave (Morel 1898, 126-7). In the grave were: ML.1641-ML.1650; two bronze brooches : ML.1651 is fig. 12; ML.2146, registered as from Courtisols may be fig. 10; two bracelets: correlated in the Register with ML.1652 and ML.1653 but ML.2029 seems to be the pair to ML.1653.
Context: Bracelets; Decorated bracelets with undefined terminals; Groove, rib and panel decoration.
Decorated with combinations of closely spaced transverse grooves, slight ribs at intervals and pointed-oval panels. La Tène Ia, or early in Ib, e.g. Etoges grave 17; cf. also Thénot, A, 1982, ‘La civilisation celtique dans l’est de la France, d’après la collection de Baye’, Paris, pl. 20, 2, and Bretz-Mahler, D., 1971, ‘La civilisation de La Tène en Champagne (Gallia, supplément, 23) pl. 66, 5 and 6.
Bibliography: Morel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 29, fig. 19 (but see ML.1653 and ML.2029).
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