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Bronze ribbed bracelet with undefined terminals.
Diameter: 60 - 67 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 2: A woman, orientated E/ W, the grave 1.2 m deep. Morel 1898, 122, illustrates the grave group. The grave contained: ML.1654 - ML.1658, ML.2674, possibly ML.2676, two pots too badly damaged to be reconstructed and bracelet which has not been correlated to any register number.
Context: Bracelets; Ribbed bracelets with undefined terminals, La Tène Ia and Ib.
Often found in pairs, as Somme-Bionne and Marson, below: cf. Beine ‘l’Argentelle’ graves 2 and 30; Pierre-Morains grave 1; Charpy, J.-J., and Roualet, P., 1991, ‘Les Celtes en Champagne’ (exh. cat., Epernay, 23/6 - 3/11/1991), nos 124-6. Associated with a different type of bracelet in Villeneuve-Renneville grave 27, Caurel 'la Fosse Minore' grave 46, and Mont Troté grave 133 (with wider ribs).
Bibliography: MMorel, L., 1898, ‘La Champagne souterraine’ Reims, pl. 29, fig. 24; its pair, the broken bracelet, ibid., fig. 25, has not been identified in the collection.
- Not on display
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